Young men should not be mere bystanders and should come forward to protest against sexual harassment of women, said theatre personality and advertising guru Alyque Padamsee on Friday.
Speaking at a seminar organised for students at the KC College, Churchgate, on the eve of International Human Rights Day, Padamsee addressed a wide range of issues related to sexual harassment.
He referred to the murders of Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes, stabbed on October 20 2011 in Andheri after they got into a fight with Jitendra Rana, who allegedly harassed their female friend. “Positive anger is very important,” said Padamsee after asking students if they would have stepped in to protect Keenen and Reuben. “We keep complaining to friends but we never protest.”
The ‘Gender Sensitisation and Preventing Violence Against Women’ project organised by the state government’s department of women and child development and Men Against Violence and Abuse, has completed seven workshops in different city colleges in the last fortnight. The next one will be held at DG Ruparel College, Matunga, on Saturday to mark International Human Rights Day.