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Published : July 15, 2010 | Author : sinthia
Category : Woman Issues | Total Views : 3161 | Unrated

  
sinthia
Sinthia Able MA.LLB.PHD
 

Batty case of sexual harassment at UCC

A LECTURER at University College Cork is facing a charge of sexual harassment after a colleague claimed to be 'upset' after being shown a scientific paper he wrote about the sex life of bats.
 
 Behavioural scientist Dr Dylan Evans now faces two years of close monitoring and counseling by UCC's president, Professor Michael Murphy.
 
 Meanwhile, academics from around the world have been rallying to support the embattled lecturer.
 
 In a letter to his colleagues, Dr Evans described the sanctions as 'harsh' and said that he fears the incident will prevent him from obtaining a promotion at the university.
 
 He also pointed out that the paper in question had been covered extensively by the media, including an article that appeared in the Guardian newspaper.
 
 He wrote: 'I had been engaged in an ongoing debate with the colleague in question about the rel-evance of evolutionary biology to human behaviour, and in particular about the dubiousness of many claims for human uniqueness.
 
 'I showed it to the colleague in the context of this discussion, and in the presence of a third person. I also showed the article to over a dozen other colleagues on the same day, none of whom objected.
 
 'Despite the fact that external investigators concluded that I was not guilty of harassment, Professor Murphy has imposed a two-year period of intensive monitoring and counselling on me, and as a result my application for tenure is likely to be denied.' Dr Evans set up an online petition which has attracted nearly 2,000 signatures, including some from respected professors at Ivy League universities.
 
 The sanctions have been branded as 'preposterous,' 'appalling' and 'prudish' - with one lecturer describing it as 'yet another example of how political correctness can be an affront to common sense'.
 
 Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker said: 'This action is absurd and shameful. It runs contrary to the principle of intellectual freedom and freedom of speech, to say nothing of common sense.' Dr Gad Saad said: 'Based on the details that I have seen of this case, this strikes me as yet another example of how political correctness can be an affront to common sense'.
 
 Dr Caoimhe McAnena wrote: 'I am shocked that this can be considered harassment, and this incident makes UCC look like a backwater institution more concerned with old-fashioned prudish sensitivities than academic and professional integrity.' Professor Susan Blackmore said: 'This is appalling. I thought the tendency for religious believers to claim offence was causing problems for academic freedom and scholarship, but claiming offence from this article is pathetic.
 
 'I can see that such an article could be used deliberately to upset someone but I am convinced that this did not happen in this case.' Yesterday a spokesman for UCC said: 'An allegation of sexual harassment was made by one academic about another. A formal complaint was made so a formal investigation proceeded in line with the law of the university and indeed the law of the land.
 
 'Two independent investigators were appointed from outside the university and duly reported.
 
 'In keeping with the university policy and fairness to all sides involved in such a dispute, the university will not comment any further on the matter

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Posted by Susha Joseph on June 12, 2013
Loopholes for systematically discriminating the girl child It is with a heavy heart I am writing this. My husband is doing odd jobs. He is mentally weak. My father in law has vast hereditary property. He is disposing it off and majority of the huge fund is diverted to middle brother in law because one of the integral factors is that he has a male heir! Fetish for male child expresses in our society in ingenious ways! Surprisingly my father in law is a chartered accountant.

He already has bought a house for them costing 22 lakhs nearly 4 years back. Then there is the eldest brother in law and we are completely at dark regarding the share he received/the pact between him and his father. Eldest brother in law is an engineer and well off and his complete education was footed by his father. My husband suffered discrimination throughout his life as he was less fair skinned of the three. I am not saying we didn�t get anything at all.

We got 1.75 lakhs when hereditary property worth over a crore was sold.

I have two daughters. As father is given complete discretion to sell off both hereditary and earned property as per Indian succession laws soon I and my family of daughters will end up in streets! I do not want my father in law to protect my daughters from his earned property. But it is not fair that he is heartless, unjust when it comes to sharing hereditary property. What is the point in saying protecting the girl child when the laws of the country cannot protect her economically! Everyone knows perfect partitioning is not possible.

But there should be a semblance of fairness. Conduct a survey even now. Self honest response will reveal the truth provided the standard is equal rights. Why should girls not have equal rights! They are not cattle�s. Countless generation has been unjust towards the girl child (genocide is going on may be not in an organized manner) and our parents, forefathers were not na�ve! Even we are not na�ve to leave such matters completely the discretion to us.

The evidences from history are heavily tilted against the girl child and if we are still trusting and taking chances it reflects the value, cruelty society have for a girl child still now. Prejudiced will find clever, crooked ways to carry on and perpetuate it .You don�t have to look for the evidence anywhere. The current glaring sex ratio difference in the country is the hard evidence and speaks for itself. I don�t say all are bad. Definitely it is not few as well. Actually sizeable population of our society is not so innocent. As it is self evident that there is an inherent intention and urge to be unfair, discriminative and cruel towards the girl child in our society there should be strong laws to check the members of the society even when they are alive and in death.

Discriminated hapless lot will be discriminated in life and in death.

Whatever I have written will be corroborated by concrete evidence.

It is your greatness that you are accessible and also in a position to mobilize public opinion, I implore you that if I have made legally made a point please please do something about it! Finally, you have to be pure and fair because God is pure and fair

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