Rise in sexual harassment in state universities a serious problem: Official

Rise in sexual harassment in state universities a serious problem: Official

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-05-14 11:11 Mysuru: A five-day workshop focusing on women in teaching and research got under way at the Vishvamanava international hostel. The workshop on the topic ‘Techniques for skills involved in addressing issues of gender in teaching and research' is being jointly organised by Karnataka State Women's Commission, Samruddhi Foundation and Achala Quarterly for the benefit of teaching faculty in Humanities. Delivering the inaugural address, State Women’s Commission Chairperson Manjula Manasa said the rise in sexual harassment cases in universities was a “serious threat”, which could be countered by “legal literacy”. “Being literate is not enough to enjoy rights accorded by the Constitution but a person should be well-versed in legal literacy to protect one’s rights,” she said.She pointed that women study centres in universities which were active during her college days were now idle and had failed to conduct any awareness programmes. “In many universities, including University of Mysore, there are complaints from working women and students about by male teaching staff. We have good laws but are failing to implement it,” said Manjula.On the issue of divorces, she said that on an average 10 to 15 divorce cases were being registered in Bengaluru due to the collapse of the joint family system in cities.Women and child department deputy director K Radha said public also had a part to play when women are harassed or assaulted. Unless people cooperate, women’s rights cannot be implemented. Hence, public should boycott rapists,” she said. Samruddhi Foundation President Dr R Indira, Achala quarterly editor Dr E Yerriswamy were present.