Men should be taught the meaning of consent: Brinda Karat
Hyderabad, Oct 10: On Wednesday (Oct 10), Senior CPI(M) leader Brinda Karat said it was "shameful" that law against sexual harassment was not being implemented in most of the workplaces across the country.
Karat made the remarks amid the #MeToo movement gaining momentum in the country. More women have come out in social media to narrate their experiences in the wide spectrum of sexual misconduct.
"No consent from a woman means any act of sexual nature is an act of sexual harassment. Such men should be punished. It is shameful that the law is not being implemented at most workplaces," she told PTI.
The party's politburo member and the All India Democratic Women's Association patron said men will have to be taught the meaning of consent.
"Women are breaking the culture of impunity which shields men in positions of power who act as though it is their entitlement that women should be sex objects for their pleasure," she said.
Karat's statements come at the time when #Metoo movement is receiving widespread support in India with many women coming out and sharing their experiences of being sexually harassed by men.