1) Sexual harassment at workplace in all its forms, can only be addressed by familial and social sensitisation that begins from infancy. Comment(250 words)

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1) Sexual harassment at workplace in all its forms, can only be addressed by familial and social sensitisation that begins from infancy. Comment(250 words)

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Why this question

The Metoo# movement has generated a much needed debate on the issue of sexual harassment of women at workplace. In this context it is important to understand how the issue can be addressed at the societal level.

Directive word

Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.  

Key demand of the question.

The question wants us to express our opinion as to, whether sexual harassment at workplace in all its forms, can only be addressed by familial and social sensitisation or not. We have to form our opinion based on sufficient and proper arguments/ facts/ examples etc.

Structure of the answer

Introduction– write a few introductory lines about the  Me-too movement which has forthrightly highlighted the plight of women in workplace settings.

Body– Discuss how sexual harassment can be addressed by familial and social sensitisation that begins from infancy + a strong legal and institutional framework to deal with the issue. Discuss why social sensitisation will have a primary role in addressing the issue. E.g discuss the presence of Sexual harassment of women at workplace act but still the problem remains unabated; explain how patriarchy and misogyny perpetuates sexual harassment- e.g sexual freedom’ has been appropriated and subverted by men to imply ‘sexual availability’. They use it not so much for relationships of equal power and dignity but to perpetuate misogyny. Drinking, staying single, using a dating app, everything is interpreted as an invitation; The problem is fundamentally one of socialisation. Men have to unlearn a lifetime of imbibed contempt for women etc.

Also discuss how social sensitization can be done to improve your answer.

Conclusion– sum up your discussion in a few lines and form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the above issue.