E is for Eve Teasing! Eve teasing is not a small issue that can be ignored and shelved under the carpet with the thoughts like when “elephants walk, dogs bark.” No! It’s a serious problem in fact it has attain the status of crime against women. According to my research the word Eve-Teasing does not exist in the Indian Penal Code. However, there are other sections under which the crime of Eve-Teasing can be reported and that is the non-penetration sexual assault, under the section 354 of the Penal Code. Under this section the eve-teaser (if the case is reported) will get a punished with a maximum of two years imprisonment or will be fined or will get both.
Meaning and Definition
Generally speaking eve teasing is an attitude, a mindset, a set of behaviours that is construed as an insult and an act of humiliation of women. And the Oxford Dictionary defines it as “the making of unwanted sexual remarks or advances by a man to a woman in a public place.”
Eve teasing and repercussions
Eve teasing has lead many a times into death of the victim either while protecting herself or the friend, daughter or sister. There have been incidents where the victim have even committed suicide in order to protect her modesty form the eve-teasers. Eve-teasers are generally the losers of the society who have nothing better to do than pass lewd comments on the passing girls, ladies without realising the fact if the woman is not your sister, wife, daughter or mother she is of someone else. So learn to respect women irrespective of the fact that she is not related to you in any way.
Steps to prohibit Eve teasing
Over the years there has been some breakthrough in the problem of eve-teasing but I feel that there is still a lot to be done to protect the modesty of the women walking on the roads. The men who pass lewd comments on women, or who try to grope, touch women in the crowded bus need to be taught a lesson, which they don’t forget easily. I reiterate that abusers, rapists, and eve-teasers they all strive on your silence. So it’s high time we broke our silences and spoke up to protect our modesty.
As a civilised society, we need to teach our sons to respect women in their office, or anywhere in the public because in the country where Goddesses are revered, it is shameful that women are not respected and treated badly.
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