Ethics and Human Interface [IAS (Admin.) IAS Mains GS Paper 4 (Ethics)]: Questions 6 - 10 of 53

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You are the District Magistrate in a district where a significant number of transgenders reside. While discrimination against the community is well known, commuters increasingly complain of harassment at their hands, especially at traffic junctions where transgenders are mostly involved in begging. This, at times, also leads to traffic management issues. You have received a number of complaints in this regard and you have to act quickly to resolve it. However, a group of transgender associations argue that begging is their only source of livelihood.

Given the situation, answer the following questions:

Question 6 (2 of 4 Based on Passage)

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Also give reasons for why people Harbour such attitudes

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Reasons for such attitude;

  • We belong to a heterosexual, patriarchal society. In such a societal setup, gender and sex are only understood within the binaries of men and women, and masculine and feminine. As a result, all the other sexual and gender minorities are considered un-natural and different from the commonly accepted “normal” way of being.
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Question 7 (3 of 4 Based on Passage)

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Would you take an action or maintain the status quo? Also, what possible actions would you undertaken in such a situation?

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  • Effective and efficient action must be taken otherwise this will amount to dereliction of duty on my end because the commuters are being harassed and also face traffic related issues due to the presence of transgenders on roads. On the other hand, begging is a criminal offence in India and knowingly allowing begging amounts to collusion.
  • Also, maint…

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Question 8 (4 of 4 Based on Passage)

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Discuss the attitude of people towards transgenders in general

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The attitude of people towards transgenders in general deals with;

  • Discrimination against transgenders based on being different from the generally accepted definitions of gender/sex is prevalent in the society. This makes the transgender community one of the most disempowered, oppressed and deprived groups in the Indian society.
  • Non-inclusiveness or …

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Question 9

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You are travelling in a government bus to attend a very important job interview. In one hour you should be present at the interview venue. The bus is very congested. Luckily you are seated. From your seat you observe that a middle aged man standing next to a girl is touching and trying to molest her. The girl is silently resisting and trying to move away from him. But the man is continuing his actions. As the bus is congested, nobody is noticing this except you.

If you do not do anything, which values will you be compromising?

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If I were to do nothing about such an appalling act of sexual harassment, I would be compromising on core ethical values;

  1. Respect: Respect is all about honouring the essential worth and dignity of each person, equally. When I choose to stay quiet, I am disrespecting the girl՚s dignity of being.
  2. Responsibility: Responsibility means being accountable f…

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Question 10

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You are travelling in a government bus to attend a very important job interview. In one hour you should be present at the interview venue. The bus is very congested. Luckily you are seated. From your seat you observe that a middle aged man standing next to a girl is touching and trying to molest her. The girl is silently resisting and trying to move away from him. But the man is continuing his actions. As the bus is congested, nobody is noticing this except you.

If you do not do anything, which values will you be compromising?

Explanation

If I were to do nothing about such an appalling act of sexual harassment, I would be compromising on core ethical values;

  • Respect: Respect is all about honouring the essential worth and dignity of each person, equally. When I choose to stay quiet, I am disrespecting the girl՚s dignity of being.
  • Responsibility: Responsibility means being accountable f…

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