Bullying is being taken up as a serious issue, in all the governments across the world.
Though very precise laws are still absent in the official legal statements of most countries, but some measures are definitely being taken for correction of this situation.
Out of 49 states of US, 5 states are exempted from any prominent law on for stopping bullying, but while 12 states include a criminal sanction for bullies, ranging from school suspension to imprisonment.
These laws are creating quite a stir in places like Florida, where some of these laws are actually being put to test on two young teens, for stalking and harassing a 12-year-old classmate, but the clause of juvenility might occur as a barrier to justice.
In India, the Indian Penal Code legislations have not yet been extended to #AntiBullying policies in school or work places due to some technical shortcomings, for e.g. if a student is scolded by a teacher, his/her parents, can misuse the law to file a case of fake harassment. Due to these loopholes, often serious cases of harassment in schools and academic institutions do not come into the notice of law, but for cyber bullying, which is a growing trend these days, India has strict laws to protect individuals against cyber-crime.
Cyber Laws And Security, a security strategy of the country to protect and ensure safe cyber communication for the public has been established.
Crimes related to harassment through mail, or inappropriate posts on social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter or identity theft cases through mail transactions are dealt by the #Section66AOfTheInformationTechnologyAct.
Recently, the Indian Supreme Court passed the verdict that any person caught allotting the name “Chinki” to people from North Eastern region of India, can be immediately detained with police’s guidance. This is an appreciable and progressive reform towards society’s bullying behaviour, for its own members.
Apart from this, there are several non-governmental organizations which run their independent websites to stop bullying. This is a very much required step. Media is a very significant way of reaching out to masses globally. Anything that is preached via media gain success fast and to effect, immediately.
National Bullying Prevention Centre, an initiative of PACER, In America, promotes #FightBack stories on bullying. They carry out campaigns online to remove bullying and harassment from its roots.
#togetheragainstbullying is a campaign for PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Centre, inspired by Carrot Top, which calls friends across the world to join in and remove cyber-bullying to the cores.
#ProjectFootSteps is an online US organization, who leads several programs on social issues and problems and their recent focus is bullying, and they have gathered the youth to follow and work in the 12-week action program which is supposed to work on the development of new strategies for destruction of bullying psychology.
So our world is changing, they are developing a kind of sensibility towards issues, which have been ignored in the past. It is good to see a global positive change, so let’s #FightBack. Not only India now, the world should be “Saavdhaan”, (cautious) and fight back against bullying together, to eradicate the stigma from society.