Wake up people | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 19, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 19, 2019

Wake up people

A few days ago, a video posted on Facebook by one of my seniors at BRAC University went viral. It showed a man who was recording all the girls passing by him on the road that connects our university buildings. He was deliberately zooming in on their chests and was actually enjoying this despicable act. Luckily, one of the female students caught him red handed and told him to come forward. When asked about what he was doing, he totally ignored the matter and denied having to do anything with it. He was beaten up by the students and crowd that had gathered there by then. His phone was taken from him and the video deleted. Even after getting caught, the man was actually smiling and still denying his actions.This incident took place around 6pm in the evening.

I cannot even imagine what it must have felt like to be one of those girls, to be recorded like this without their consent. Men like him—who claim to be the symbol of masculinity, think that just being 'men' gives them the right, the audacity, to take advantage of women, steal chances to stare at their private parts, make a mockery out of women in public—are nothing but a disgrace to our society. How many more articles have to be written to shed light on what women are facing on a daily basis? How long is it going to be until women are able to move freely, to speak up—without having to think that it is better to remain silent? It is way past the time we change the mindsets of our male-dominated society and bring about positive change through our laws.

 

Saraf Anan

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