Why are women treated with such disrespect? Are Indian males prone to harrassment or have they made it a way of life?
Eve teasing… does it ring a bell? Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Probably yes, if you are a female. The issue of eve teasing has gained immense attention from people all over the country in the past few years. Women are subjected to this social evil irrespective of the fact that they might belong to any caste, race or creed. Some say that eve teasing is a euphemism used in India
and Pakistan to describe sexual harassment and molestation.
Arundhati, 11, is a school going kid who confesses of being subject to this foul treatment several times. “Ugh! What the hell are these men made of?” A rather unpredictable question, I guess. Someone just asked the other day that why on earth do Indian men behave like…you know what, or start singing whenever they spot a female! I was speechless. Eve teasing is victimizing most of the women in our country. What the hell is this concept? Some say it’s a prank, for others it is a phenomenon carried out for fun.
Is it all about some sadistic pleasure that men try to derive out of a woman? And why? No answer can justify this horrendous crime. It is in fact almost sinuous to be part of a joke that pushes you to disrespect women in any way whatsoever. According to Karuna, 24, eve teasing has become a way of life for most men. It was a sure hell to take a bus ride to college everyday. Some boys gathered around just for the heck of it trying to cling on to her. And just in case they ended up touching here or there, it was termed as an accident. It can happen in a bus…right?
What about the evils of harassment? Does every single guy touch a girl unnecessarily? Some of them go beyond diffidence and play on their pranks to have a feel of anything on which they can lay their hands. This might sound obscene but this is the ground reality. The bottom-line is the number of women who raise their voice against such crimes. Some of them just feel uncomfortable and adjust themselves. While others just let it happen. There are a few instances wherein they raise their voice and complain.
The enormity of eve teasing is far venomous than other social crimes. Neetu, 20, complains that whenever she is crossing the street or in a crowded area, a lot of guys come up with weird phrases like mirchi, pathaka’ or ‘bomb’. She is in no way able to react.
What inculcates men to eve tease? Is it a tradition or social evil? Why must women suffer? No doubt a lot of guys complain about Adam teasing. But is the concept all that surreal and dominant? Do women end up behaving in a vulgar and insane manner?
Asking someone out for coffee is one thing whereas pestering someone to dine is another. There are various means of defining eve teasing. What is the solution? Women must learn to raise their voice. It is a matter of integrity. Are you ready?