Published:  12:32 AM, 10 October 2017

The Weinsteins in Bangladesh

Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood movie producer who is part of the The Weinstein Company, has been sacked by the company in the wake of new sexual allegations emerging against him. There are already a number of allegations of misconduct against him from a number of actresses, forcing Weinstein to apologise. But the apologies do not appear to have helped him any, given that the media continue to detail one sordid detail after another about his sordid behaviour.

The Weinstein case should be an eye-opener for people about keeping watch in every profession, around the world, where sexual harassment happens to be frequent. Indeed, in Bangladesh, many are the incidents of sexual misbehavior in different professional areas, beginning with garments industries and going up all the way to other areas. In most instances, it is women who suffer and yet, because ours happens to be a deeply conservative society, they do not have the courage or the inclination to complain. It is a most depressing condition and despite the efforts of some organizations to identify the culprits, there are still vast areas which need to be thoroughly cleansed of the problem.

It is not that the issue of sexual harassment of women is new in this country. In fact, it has been there for ages --- in educational institutions, industries, media, government offices and elsewhere. Women are stalked and, judging by reports of gang rape we have been coming across of late, the justice system is clearly failing women in this country. The problem needs to be taken up seriously by the government. The Weinsteins in Bangladesh call for swift and sharp handling.

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