The case of state deputy Fernando Cury (Citizenship), filmed by palpating colleague Isa Penna (PSOL) in the plenary session of the Legislative Assembly of the State of São Paulo at the end of 2020, is exemplary in portraying the carelessness and permissiveness with which the aggressors of women in Brazil.
The Ethics Council decided, by 5 votes to 4, to soften the sentence of the parliamentarian, accused of breach of decorum for sexual harassment. Instead of the six-month sentence foreseen by the rapporteur, Cury received 119 days of unpaid leave and may, given that the leave is less than 120 days, keep the office in operation.
The concert reaffirms the aggression against Isa Penna and extends it, symbolically, to the other deputies and to the female half of society.
It cannot be admitted that the practice of harassment, perpetrated during a parliamentary session, in front of the President of the House, witnessed by other deputies and recorded on video, is treated with the lightness of a joke.
The revocation, desirable for the abject approach in the plenary, gave way not to the six-month suspension tailored as a minimum response to the abusive conduct, but to a rescue operation made the day before.
When voting in favor of easing the sentence, the members of the Ethics Council of Alesp Wellington Moura (Republicans), Alex de Madureira (PSD), Adalberto Freitas (PSL), Delegado Olim (PP) and Estevam Galvão (DEM) in practice It is acceptable for a woman to be treated as an object.
With the decision, still, the group protects the maintenance of an entire cabinet for a suspended deputy, in clear waste of the money of the São Paulo population.
In order to leave no doubt about the cowardice that guided its decision, the group still fled after the vote, with the objective that there would be no quorum for manifestation contrary to the result.
One of them, Deputy Olim, thinks that Cury should pay at the ballot box.
Olim probably knows, however, that delegating the punishment of Cury's behavior to voters only is useless, since the message given by the Ethics Council is that there should be no greater consequences for those who commit harassment against a colleague - “Stupid joke”, according to this same deputy.
Cury's attitude and the complacency of his peers reaffirm the cowardice of men who are ccustomed to claiming the treatment of inconsequential boys when it suits them. That the
plenary of the State Assembly can reverse a decision that so diminishes it.