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Transferring male teachers from girls' schools not a solution to sexual harassment cases
Punjab government in a latest move has decided to transfer all male teacher deputed at girls' school in the state. The decision, which later become controversial with many male teachers and even girls students opposing the order, will come into effect from April 1st.

According to the decision, in the first phase male teachers teaching in the government girls' schools will be shifted to nearby boys' schools and in the next phase, the female staff working in boys' schools will be sent to girls' schools.

Justifying the decision Punjab's education minister Sikandar Singh Maluka said that they were getting several complaints of sexual harassment and this was the best way to deal with the problem. With this decision Punjab has become the first state to pass such law in the country state.

Interestingly along with several teachers opposing the move even the girls students in various schools raised their voice against the dictate saying that they would loose many good teachers due to this.  

Professor of Sociology in Jawahar Lal Nehru University Dr. Susan Vishwanathan while saying that this decision is not correct, added, it will not help the authorities in their aim.

“I think instead of taking this decision they must try to educate people about sexual harassment.  There should be a public organisation which educates men and women on this topic. And this education should not be given only at big level but also at the local level like village panchayats etc. By transferring male teachers from girls schools doesn't going to help the Govt. If anyone wants to take advantage of any girl student they can catch her after the school. So I don't think its the right decision,” said Susan Vishwanathan.

Vice-President of All India Democratic Women's Association, AIDWA, Sudha Sundraraman, said that the this will not yield any desired result in the long term.

“It is just an immediate sort of reaction. It is not going to give any long term solution to the Govt. But it will lead to other kind of repercussions. If they really want to protect girls from being sexually harassed then they must enforce such code of conduct in institutions which are only meant for girl students which would check such kind of cases,” said Sudha Sundararaman.

Interestingly leading Men's Rights Activists (MRA) have supported the Punjab government's saying it would protect male teachers from being falsely implicated in sexual harassment cases.   Virag Dhulia, an MRA said, “ I think the state government has done a favour to the male teachers by providing them protection against the false allegations of sexual harassment.”

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