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Stop this madness, please

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05.08.2017

SEXUAL harassment is way too serious an issue to be debated in the crassest of language on social media or for that matter discussed animatedly on often partisan TV channels in a polarised political environment as is currently happening in Pakistan for many reasons.

In my view, a woman who alleges to having been subjected to such torment needs to be given time, space and a safe environment, in short, every opportunity, to substantiate her allegations.

This is important because in an environment where blaming the victim is the default for many people, and which leaves the woman with the fear of being stigmatised for raising her voice, for every single such charge that is made public it is safe to assume that dozens of others never see the light of day.

Only a woman knows what she goes through at the hands of men at home, in the street and in the workplace as even the most wonderfully empathetic and understanding of men can never experience that for themselves. It is true.

Of course, this isn’t to suggest a lynch mob or a hangman’s noose for the accused whenever such an allegation is made. Due process and full opportunity of defence ought to be afforded to the accused as well. This is only fair.

Only a woman knows what she goes through at the hands of men at home, in the street and in the workplace.

Against the backdrop of political tensions, when the allegation is made against a renowned public........

© Dawn