Male sexual abuse, rape and assault are starting to become acknowledged as the UGC’s new regulation notified in May states that male students, too, can now file complaints against sexual harassment.
The University Grants Commission (UGC)’s new regulation notified in May states that male students, too, can now file complaints against sexual harassment. Besides stating that ‘gender harassment is neutral’, it adds that “the students who have alleged that they have been sexually harassed should file their complaints within three months of the offence.” Institutes are required to set up an internal committee to investigate within 30 days of receiving the report, and complete their probe within 90 days. According to the regulation if any university or college fails to follow the regulations, they would face action, including fund cuts. While the regulation is a landmark one, when it comes to focussing on male sexual harassment issues, will they change the mindset still prevalent in our society, that pushes men to hide such instances of harassment in order to not appear vulnerable or become the butt of cruel jokes? When we spoke to the male students on how they would deal with sexual harassment, many echoed the same concerns, that may be complaining would make them appear like a wuss, or that stating such concerns would mean ‘the end of college life’.