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manjit kalra (system eng)     07 November 2010

Even men aren’t safe from sexual harassment at workplace

Even men aren’t safe from s*xual harassment at workplace: Survey

Written by ET Bureau   
Sunday, 22 August 2010 11:48

Bangalore is not just the Silicon Valley of India, it is also India’s shining star on the global business map, thanks to its infotech prowess. But did we know that behind the curtains, it is also a champion when it comes to s*xual harassment cases at the workplace?

But so says an ET-Synovate survey conducted in seven cities to find out how India Inc was dealing with an issue, that has recently seen heads rolling at two top global firms in a span of a month. What’s surprising is that in the same city, half of who agreed that they have been s*xually harassed at their workplace said they have been harassed by their female colleagues.


Only 32% said they were harassed by male colleagues at their workplaces. Again in the south, in Hyderabad, 29% of said they have been s*xually harassed by their female bosses while 48% accused their male bosses.

The scene is different up north. In Delhi, the numbers are even, with 43% pointing a finger at their female colleagues and an equal number accusing their male colleagues of s*xual harassment.


 13 Replies

Raj Kumar Makkad (Adv P & H High Court Chandigarh)     07 November 2010

I do agree with survey report and it is alarming situation in the metros especially.

Avnish Kaur (Consultant)     07 November 2010

good news . TIT for Tat. seems like ETRAAZ was based on a true story.

Democratic Indian (n/a)     07 November 2010

Lot depends on perception of individual, for some it is "harassment". For some it is "opportunity".

chanakyam (Consultant)     07 November 2010

Yes democratic, you are right.

Bhartiya No. 1 (Nationalist)     07 November 2010

I do not believe in the survey. What the authenticity about the version of the pple took part in the survey, it may be their wild thinking/perception.

Shihab,Corporate Lawyer (LL.B M.B.A Corporate Lawyer and Management Consultant)     08 November 2010

Me too think so Mr.Bharatiya,the samples may had such perception or ill mind

Bhartiya No. 1 (Nationalist)     08 November 2010

Now days blaming women has become trend/fashion. This type of things newspapers/magazines do to increase their sell. Especially they used to be interested in showing fake reverse trend to malign the Indian culture and society.

Renuka Gupta ( Gender Researcher )     08 November 2010

 The authenticity of findings need not be taken at its face value without considering the methodology, number and type of samples, nature of the questions asked, operational definition of s*xual harassment and work place, tools of analysis etc. And finally do not forget that this type of quick surveys with startling findings make sensational news and perhaps good business sense. ..



The meaning of harassment varies from place to place. Sexual Harassment is any unwelcome s*xual advances, requests for s*xual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a s*xual nature. It is not possible to define by a single sentence. Many distinguished persons defined this by using their own ideas. Our intention is to uncover the behaviour by different levels of people toward the s*x workers. Here we have noticed levels of harassments defined as- physical torture, s*xual and financial exploitation, and psychological persecution

Sexual harassment can be described as any gesture, conduct, comment or phusical contact that is unwanted and of a s*xual nature. This includes nicknames


Now,It's not really clear whether more men are being subjected to harassment or more men are willing to come forward

It could be that just more men are aware of their rights as they speak to ,but just because more men are filing claims, it doesn't mean male victims have achieved parity with their female counterparts -- at least not in the public eye




Touch Points


There are only three areas on the body that are acceptable when it comes to touching a co-worker: wrist, forearm and back.



The Office Hug



Never hug or kiss a co-worker to congratulate them. To express appreciation or kudos give the "office hug." That's when you shake with one hand and put your other hand on the recipient's forearm.



A Light, Fast Touch


When engaging in skin-to-skin contact, remember to keep it light and fast. Anything more than that can result in the recipient wondering what your intentions are.


Take into consideration different cultures when meeting with a colleague from another country. Certain cultures feel more comfortable touching while others prefer more room for personal space.


       Stick To Handshakes


Bowing Works Too

Asian cultures are low contact too. A small bow is appropriate.


Signal When You Need Space


Mediterranean cultures tend to feel comfortable with limited bubbles of personal space. If you're interacting on a business level and feel crowded, Bremer suggests taking a step back or actually putting your hand up to signal that you need more personal space.

Bhartiya No. 1 (Nationalist)     08 November 2010

Actually surveyor forgets that the readers too r living in the same country same place. Had this been the survey of any other country then we may not be able to question it. But we r educated youngster of the same country how the surveyor can cheat us by their fake moderated reports. It is a pure bussiness and must be condemned.

Even no link is given as we wanted to see which grp has done this survey and what is their credibility.

Tajobsindia (Senior Partner )     09 November 2010

@ Prabhakar / Renuka and some mechanical engineer with surname recently changed ! 


Folks read following links and if it permits you then comment again on Survey authenticity issues as raised by troika here!


If above original link of asked Synovate survey is not enough authenticty wise then read my posted open letter campaign to Media and who-is-Who in Corporate India at link @  


Well I know you three will not be still satisfied so read attached Article too for refreshing your knowledge on SHWB and if you three are still not satisfied then bring your points / paras on open forum I will satisfy you single handedly on why SHWB is not the right way forward even for WOMEN whom you three are over protecting un-necessarily just like DV Act is over used by city owmen more than the rural women same way SHWB is a WMD in the hands of corporate women of India and there is a round table in D HC going currently who will put in the first SHWB Suit in Court ! Prabhakar you must be knowing who is the Advocate I am talking here !

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