JNU’s Internal Complaints Committee has issued a circular on the conduct of counseling sessions on sexual harassment, stating that women should know how to circle with male friends to avoid sexual harassment. Along with the girl students, the National Commission for Women has also demanded its withdrawal, calling it anti-women.
New Delhi: The Internal Complaints Committee of Jawaharlal Nehru University has issued a circular, which is in dispute.
According to the report, it has been said in this circular that in case of sexual harassment, women will have to ensure their own safety.
The ICC, while uploading this circular on the JNU website, said that it will organize a counseling session on sexual harassment on January 17 and such sessions will be conducted on a monthly basis.
The circular has the subtitle ‘Why the counseling session is needed?’ It was said that through this, students would be made aware that they would be made aware about sexual harassment.
It said that women should know how to draw a real line among their male friends to avoid such harassment.
“There have been many cases before the ICC where there has been sexual harassment between close friends,” the circular said. Boys usually (knowingly or unknowingly) cross the fine line between friendship and sexual harassment. Girls should know how to create a real circle between them and their male friends to avoid this kind of harassment situation.
Oishi Ghosh, president of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union, said in a statement that this circular in a way appears to be blaming the victims.
He said in the statement, ‘The ICC in JNU has given a blaming statement on the victim, in which women have been asked to draw a fine line as to how not to harass male colleagues. In JNU, the ICC has repeatedly made such regressive remarks.
“Such remarks create a space that would be unsafe for women,” Ghosh said.
ICC’s Presiding Officer Poonam Kumari also agreed with the circular and said that the ICC has received several complaints about sexual harassment by close friends.
Kumari blamed the women and said, ‘They touch each other, hug each other but when women feel that they are not comfortable about it, then they clearly tell this to their male friends. should be told.
“It is important for both boys and girls to know where to draw the line… Girls too need to say before things get out of hand that they don’t like being touched or hugged like that,” he said. It is necessary to state such things clearly otherwise how will that person know. These are small things that we need to tell them along with the ICC rules.
In this latest circular it has been said that such session will be organized on monthly basis for all the interested students. Who really wants to know the dos and don’ts (dos/don’ts) regarding sexual harassment.
Listing the benefits of these sessions, the university said that ‘this will surely bring down the cases of sexual harassment’. “Clear any confusion regarding sexual harassment,” the circular said. Anyone can get answers to questions related to sexual harassment.
At the same time, the All India Students Association (AISA) called the counseling session a hoax.
The student body said, “The ICC of JNU has issued a notice regarding the counseling session for JNU students regarding sexual harassment. Citing one of the reasons for organizing such a session, the ICC said that girls should know how to draw a fine line between their male friends to avoid such harassment. This shows the attitude of blaming the victim. This counseling session is a hoax and will only make JNU an unsafe place for women.
Explain that the JNU administration in its 269th Executive Council meeting in September 2017 had constituted the ICC instead of the Gender Sensitization Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCash). The move was criticized by women’s rights organizations as well as students and teachers’ bodies.
National Commission for Women asks JNU to withdraw ‘anti-women’ circular
On the other hand, National Commission for Women Chairperson Rekha Sharma, terming this circular as ‘anti-women’, has asked the university to withdraw it.
Sharing this circular on Twitter, Sharma urged it to be withdrawn.
Why all the teachings are always for girls only? Time to teach harassers not the victims. The misogynist circular of #JNU should be withdrawn. Internal commattee should have Victim-Centered approach and not otherwise. pic.twitter.com/Z6x4h7L351
— Rekha Sharma (@sharmarekha) December 28, 2021
He said, ‘Why all preaching is for girls only? Now is the time to teach a lesson to the oppressors instead of the victims. JNU’s anti-women circular should be withdrawn. The stance of the internal committee should be victim centric and not vice versa.
(with input from news agency language)
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