ModerniSation, it was thought, would probably reduce the problems of the fair sex. But, it appears to have had little effect. The problem of eve-teasing instead of being on the wane has increased. Be it schools, colleges or the university cases of eve-teasing have increased in alarming proportion.
And to boot, in most cases, the fair sex still prefers to somehow digest the humiliation meted out to it in the male dominated society.If assessments are correct hardly five percent cases are reported or come under the category of complaints. Except in cases where FIRs are lodged no other case takes a serious turn. But such cases( FIRs) are rare and far between.
Other cases reported on the campus die down with the passage of time in the absence of statutory powers in the hands of authorities concerned. There are atleast half a dozen cases of eve-teasing daily on the Allahabad University campus, said a professor preferring anonymity. But such cases need proper handling as the same has a bearing on the personality of the victim. It can even result in stunted growth and fear which can remain in the mind for long.
We may not be having much powers in our hands but we can atleast debar a wrong doer from the campus, said Alka Agrawal, newly appointed chairperson of 'Women's Empowerment and Protection Board' ( WEPB) Allahabad University. However, this body is yet to start functioning on the campus. The hitch is in the absence of ordinance which the UGC is supposed to send, she said while talking to HT Allahabad Live.
This board will also have an apex body with the Vice-Chancellor, Proctor and some others as its members. The punishment and penal action part will be left in their hands.
The idea is not to deal just with the sexual harassment of girls at the hands of the male colleagues but to build up an atmosphere of coherence and confidence. Once it becomes a statutory body its network will cover all the constituent colleges so that girls start feeling confident and protected. As far as the constituent colleges and other institutions coming under the ambit of AU are concerned we shall take up their cause in cases where they find it difficult to resolve the issue on their own. The WEPB will have its branches in all the institutions governed by the Central Act, she said.
With power in hands including finances we shall be able to deal with complaints strictly. On the other hand to deal with this endemic problem in institutions which are beyond the purview of AU the authorities will have to hammer out a permanent plan, said a teacher. Action, once in a while, may be having some bearing but its effects are shortlived, he added.