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Politician's sexist remark: Is it a threat to woman employability?
At a point when the country is wrestling with sexual harassment and violence against women can women afford tolerance and silence towards insensitive remarks from people in power? Union minister Farooq Abdullah on last Friday joined the league of politicians and people in power who have passed insalubrious comments on women and disparage their predicament.

"I am scared to talk to a woman these days. I do not even want to keep a female secretary, who knows, I might end up in jail because of a complaint. No, I am not blaming the girls, I am blaming society itself," Abdullah told media persons while reacting to the sexual harassment allegations against the retired Supreme Court Justice AK Ganguly.

"The society has reached this point where now after one direction, it's putting pressure on everyone," he added.

The above lines from a Union Minister followed by a half hearted apology or more correctly arrogance as he attacked on Media as well for being hyperbolic on woman sexual harassment issues and obsessively targeting Men, were enough to trigger a storm among woman activist in particular and the society in general.

Not only Abdullah, earlier following sexual assault allegations against Tehelka editor Tarun Tejpal, Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal had said that companies were now scared of hiring women.

In our country, sexist annotations against women were never been new things. It was always taken as a usual habit of men. But at a point when the country is wrestling with sexual harassment and violence against women such insensitive remarks from people in power is highly unacceptable.

Aren’t they a sinister undercurrent of misogynistic attitude and a silence threat to woman’s employability? Or is it a deep seated insecurity of men???

Harassments and sexual assaults were always there in work places for woman or I can say surrounding a woman wherever she stands.

Definitely in last few months the exposure of high profile people from Asaram to Justice Ganguly being charged with sexual assault charges revealed volumes about the deep rooting of these issues in workplaces as well as other places in our country.

However, post Nirbhaya episode that happened a little less than a year ago that not only ignited nationwide protests but also brought about legal reforms in our country, these cases are getting reported for sure.

While not much has changed as far as violence against women is concerned, what has unquestionably changed is the breaking of “the silence against violence” as more number of women are speaking aloud about their aching of sexual abuses.

“Silence against violence” has always been a particularly common but a disturbing phenomenon that has long existed with the issues of aggression and belligerence against woman.

It has never been easy for women to come out and share their personal experiences about the hostility they faced because of the ruthless victim-blaming and intense embarrassments not just from society but also from police and judiciary alike.

However, even as more and more women are coming forward and talking about their soreness, the indecent assertions from high stature people are somewhat absolutely repulsive.

It makes one think, what is behind these comments insecurity or threat??

It seems as if there are a section of people in sync with the perpetrators.

Eminent woman activist Kavita Krishnan of AIPWA said these were deliberate attempts to organize a patriarchal backlash at a time when women, backed by law, were registering their protest against sexual harassment.

"Such comments are aimed at warning women that if you speak out against sexual harassment, you will lose your job," said Krishnan.

Aren't such power statements convey that either women buckle in to sexual exploitation or lose their job….isn’t it??? or Is it an attempt to say women to adopt “silence”??

At this point I don’t think or anybody can think either, at present it is ever tolerable for woman in particular and society in general that public officials denigrate women and make derogatory remarks against them.

As per lawyer-activist Flavia Agnes, such comments reflected a deep-seated mindset problem, "The men have to learn how to deal with women, respect them. You can't run this world without women," she said.

My point is women are no more is a state to afford “silence” on these issues.

If anybody really needs to be afraid of these are the licentious and uncivilized persons because civilized and cultured people by default respect women… So no need of being scared of women…isn’t it???

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