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Wanted: Gender-neutral laws

Posted by iluvshrutiverma on August 16, 2010

If women like Uma Challa had their way, they would change all gender-biased laws that exist in India today, including Section 498A of the IPC or the dowry law.

The draft Bill on Protection of Women against Sexual Harassment at the Workplace may be ready, but some women actually think it is heavily biased against men. If women like Uma Challa had their way, they would change all gender-biased laws that exist in India today, including Section 498A of the IPC or the dowry law. Challa argues that the dowry law is being misused by many women to harass their husbands and in-laws.

Hyderabad-based Challa launched a forum called All India Forgotten Women, under the aegis of Save Indian Family Foundation (SIFF) in 2005, in response to the “large-scale arrests of women falsely accused under Section 498A IPC”.

The draft Bill on sexual harassment at the workplace, she says, does not have provisions to protect men from similar harassment at the workplace and it thus undermines the Indian Constitution, which states that men and women have the same right to equality and life.

“The Bill and its architects undermine the basic truth that sexual harassment is neither about sex nor gender. It is about power, and a woman in power can be every bit as abusive as a man,” Challa says.

“The Bill requires that committees for redressing grievances consist of persons `committed to the cause of women’. If committees are filled with individuals committed to the cause of women and not to the cause of truth, law and justice, is it hard to foretell the fate of males in an institution or in society as a whole,” she asks.

Challa, who is also president of The All India Men’s Welfare Association, says the Bill contains provisions for `conciliation’ and `settlement’ between the `aggrieved’ woman and the respondent. If `conciliation’ happens and `settlement’ is arrived at, no further inquiry will be conducted. If, however, the terms and conditions of `conciliation’ and `settlement’ are not met by the accused, an inquiry will be conducted.

“When sexual harassment at the workplace is considered a grievous crime which warrants a special and stringent law, what is the purpose of having a `conciliation’ and `settlement’ plan? In what way is this law different from the dowry law, which is being used as a weapon of extortion,” she asks.

She says countries around the world, including the USA, the UK and all member countries of the European Union, have gender-neutral sexual harassment prevention laws. “Even Pakistan, which passed a similar Bill in January 2010, embraced the principle of gender neutrality,” she adds.
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Females run faster than males

Posted by iluvshrutiverma on December 14, 2009

Males as well as females think that males are physically stronger than females. I have been looking for data to substantiate that claim.

Females outlive men by 5 – 7 years everywhere in the world, so I tend to believe that females are physically superior species.

I told this to a friend but he was not convinced. He insisted that males are stronger and females are weaker. I asked him whether there is any data he can provide in support of his belief. He said – look at the 100m Olympic race, males invariably run faster than females.

I remembered that the men’s world record for 100m was somewhere around 9.5 seconds and the women’s world record was somewhere around 10.5 seconds. So, at first he seemed to be correct.

But then I decided to take a closer look, and this is what I did: I pulled gender-wise data from Wikipedia for World Athletics Records. Following table summarizes the data available.

WR stands for World Record.

WR(f) = WR time taken by a female to complete the race

WR(m) = WR time taken by a male to complete the race

Next I plotted them on a Chart, added a simple trend-line to the data points, here is what I get:

Here is my interpretation of this trend: For short distances, females on an average take 1.12 times the amount of time taken by males for the same distance, but as the distance goes on increasing the time taken by them as compared to the time taken by males goes on increasing. So much so, that the factor reduces to less than 1.06 for 100 kms race.

So, does this mean that if there were races longer than 100kms females would be beating males? Well, perhaps – Yes. Extrapolating the same trend line, we see that if there was a race of 209.5 km, females and males would have completed it in equal time. For any race longer than 209.5 km, females would be scoring a better timing as compared to males.

We all know that life is a long race, and therefore females beat men at life expectancy. They live 7 years longer to males. So next time do not think females are weak, because they are not!

Data Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_world_records_in_athletics

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultramarathon

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