“It must have been your fault.”
“Why didn’t you report it before?”
“You’re taking his harmless jokes far too seriously.”
“All this new-age feminism is making the men in the organisation insecure.”
…These are just a few of the choice responses that women who attempt to report sexual harassment at their workplaces are often met with.
What do you when you’ve been sexually harassed and need to report your perpetrator to an HR committee that will not listen? What if the latter only reinforces the baffling, pervasive victim-blaming culture that you feared in the first place?
Things need to change, and the Vishaka Guidelines need to be implemented with greater force than ever before.
This satirical take on an “honest sexual harassment interview” – between an HR manager and a female employee – is, however, a sad reality in many offices.
Script: Urmi Bhattacheryya
Cast: Vatsala Singh and Urmi Bhattacheryya
Video Editor: Puneet Bhatia
Animation: Susnata Paul
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