Bullying can come anywhere in any form.
Laughing at a common man, who has tripped on the banana peel, is bullying.
When your classmate has forgotten her homework, complaining it to the teacher is bullying.
In corporate sectors, declaring someone else’s credit as own, is bullying.
In sports grounds, partiality on one athlete (by the federation or coach), is bullying for the other.
At the bus stand, gossiping about the lady in short skirt (only because I myself cannot look equally hot) is bullying.
So we can see, this term is almost an entity for psychosocial ties, whether someone has been subject to it, or has witnessed it, or may be themselves, doing it.
Let us speculate through some of the very common forms of bullying that we come across every day:
1.Bullying in schools-
We have discussed earlier, that ‘bullying’ can refer to an action of repeated harm, or imposition of power, and psychological pressure on the weak individual who finds it difficult to defend himself in such a situation. School consists of children, who are young and tender at heart and mind. Each one is unique, and it’s the phase of character development. At this stage, bullying can be very harmful for formation of mental fixity. Bullying by your own classmates or teachers is a very common trend down the ages. Mocks and ridicules from others on your looks (because you are either fat, short or thin, or of dark complexion) is bullying, and this is a regular phenomenon.
Ritisha Basu, a young lady from Calcutta (a student from Calcutta Girls’ High School), admits that in her tender years, she would enter the classroom, and her friends would normally address her as “elephant Basu”, because of her slight overweight. And she was also used to taking it lightly and laugh it out with them. That was her survival strategy.
This kind of psychological pressure in increasing in gravity day by day, so American have informed that bullying is one of the biggest and widespread crimes which goes unreported, so they are making measures to involve the police for investigation and remedy.
2.Bullying in the field of sports-
Athletic bullying is a serious issue where members in a game team gather up against a particular player of the group, to torment him/her. Bullying amongst sportspersons or athletes, happen, like tagging a player with inappropriate named, abusive languages or ridiculed communication because the latter may be physically weak. Gossiping, excluding the player from group while playing, can be other forms of expression. #GangBeating of an introvert player is a serious problem in #AthleticBullying.
In higher levels, like national or international level of games, bullying takes a different perspective, when coaches or trainers exclude a talented player from participation, because of personal ego issues, or for other interests. In such cases the Government can be approached for resolution.
3.Workplace Bullying –
A survey from SHRM (The Society for Human Resource Management) declares that 56% of corporate places do not elicit any law or policy on bullying, however it is true that 35% of the US workforce have reported, being bullied and harassed at the workplace.
#CorporateBullying ranges from a simple note “files lao, jaldi”, from your boss, to segregation of place in the staffroom of a school (if a teacher is unpopular amongst others).
4.Cyber Bullying –
This is a new kind of harassment strategy, that has become immenselypopular in the recent years. Abusive texts on phone from unknown numbers, inappropriate mails, spams on social sites are a few. This is mostly done by kids or teenagers, who resort to electronic medium for bullying their friend. But the difference is that, mostly the bully’s identity is hidden which creates an impending panic within the victim. Also if this harassment continues publicly on social media, it means loss of prestige and reputation of the victim, so it is serious.
5.Bullying in transport services –
Bullying in trains and buses is our daily habituation. Recently 23-year old #Barkha Menghani says “every commuter who is harassed on local trains should stand up and bring the bullies to book”.
On Monday, she was harassed by a group of ladies on local train, where one of them, came and sat on the lap, and the others started laughing and clicking pictures.
You want to know what did she do? Continue reading our next articles.
But there is a slight difference between bullying/hazing and ragging. Though both ragging and bullying are somewhat similar to each other, in the sense that, both are practised for harassing and abusing others, but ragging is more of a serious kind.
Bullying can happen amongst same age group also, when a target victim is humiliated or made to face embarrassment in public for fun, or self-satisfaction. It is milder in nature.
Ragging has prolonged effects of harm and danger to the psychological state of the victim. It is generally practised by the senior or higher class group in an institution to #ReapTheBenefits of the lower class of it.
There are several laws in India and abroad that strictly moves towards barring ragging, but unfortunately, hardly we have any for bullying.