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Dr. D weighs in on #MeToo in India, and 'meaningful consent'

ET Bureau|
Oct 12, 2018, 01.56 PM IST
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He is one of the leading doctors in the country. He values his privacy (but not of his clients.)

Dear Dr D,

I am in a bit of a quandary. Can you explain to me which of these situations (all of which are entirely fictional) meet the requirement of ‘meaningful consent’? This is a phrase that I have been introduced to quite recently and I am figuring out whether I have fully understood it.

1) A 50-year-old friend of mine hires a 22-year-old woman. He calls her into his office. He locks the door and kisses and gropes her. She does not say anything but flees. I am now told that this is not ‘consent’ on her part. But in the absence of a clear ‘no’ in advance, how is my friend to know what to do?

Also Read: #MeToo In India - Complete Coverage

2) The same friend named above tries to boost the morale of his staff with avuncular displays of affection. For example, a young woman’s bra strap is askew. He notices and helps her out by adjusting it. She says she is offended. Is ‘consent’ required before offering to help other people? What is this Kalyug?

3) My friend tries to hire only the best. To test the mettle of his recruits, he invites the female candidates to his hotel room. Offers them alcohol and sings them songs before lunging at them. This is, of course, to prepare them for the hard life they have ahead of them. Is such professional training requiring of ‘consent’? Please let me know.

Thanks.
‘Birbal’, Foreign Affairs & Home Affairs

Dear ‘Birbal’,

Thank you for this question. Women often face this siege within. It’s a tinderbox for them, as the predatory men run riot (after riot). I think your friend by now realises that he has not only ruined the lives of many others, but also his own.

STATUTORY WARNING: This humour column is not for the weak-kneed or the thin-skinned.

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