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Eve teasing in Gurgaon - Will it ever end?
Eve teasing in Gurgaon! Is this something new? No, for there are a number of instances, which proves the ever increasing cases of eve teasing. Eve teased, a girl commits suicide, a girl tries ending life after being humiliated by her own friends, women forced to stay indoor are just few of the many examples that has caught Gurgaon's attention recently. Can't the women have a life of their own and roam freely on the streets of Gurgaon? Will such a time ever come? One doubts!

It has become difficult for ladies to carry on with their day-to-day work without being under the fear of being harassed. The women are helpless, as they can no longer trust anyone. Their colleague, classmate, friend or even a cousin, anybody could be hiding their motives under the skin. Research shows that a number of rape cases have been committed by people known prior, including family members.

Whether a girl wears a skirt or a salwar, she is looked with the same microscopic eyes of the other sex. Women fail to understand as to what have they done to face such struggle everyday to live a normal life.What is the reason behind women/ girls being molested or eve teased? Nobody has a relevant answer to this question!

When people from different walks of life were asked about the injustice faced by the girls, their views were as follows:

Rajni, working as a Journalist with a media company shared her thoughts and experience of eve teasing - "Eve teasing, nowadays, is very common. But I know very well how to handle those bunch of idiots who find it cool to make nasty faces and stare a girl from head to toe scratching his private parts. I had been victimized by such incident many a times and I taught them a good lesson, which made them cry for the rest of their lives (at least from my end). One should not hesitate to slap or abuse a person who treats women as sexual object. Once I abused a person when he was trying to get touchy with me in a moving bus. It is good to raise your voice rather than feeling embarrassed and ashamed by your existence."

In the last six months, Gurgaon has witnessed a few cases of eve teasing where women were harassed and embarrassed in front of their friends and family and could do nothing about it.

Anupama Sharma, a teacher and a homemaker says, "It is not the girls who lure the boys to eve tease but, the kind of teachings the boys get from their parents. I have a son and I have utter faith in him that he will never ever ruin my name or my teachings by abusing a girl. The boys should be brought up in such a way that there is no need to differ between a girl and a boy. And the girls can protect themselves by maintaining a distance with the boys, but that does not mean they cannot talk to boys.''

What better can be expected from the person who teaches moral values to the young generation. Girls should be seen with equality and should be respected for who they are. Though, most of us feel men are at fault in large, but let us get their views on the topic.

Gaurav Mann, an engineering student from Gurgaon and also a basketball player, says, "Girls should speak up for themselves. They should make friends, but they should also be careful. On the other hand, males should keep the atmosphere of the group respectful."

Politicians in the past have also blamed the way girls dress to be a major reason for men reacting/ abusing girls. But does it really matter what dress do girls wear? There have been instances, when the girl wearing a suit has also been gang-raped. Rightly so, Gaurav Mann disagrees with the views given by politicians.

He further added, ''It does not matter what kind of clothes a girl wears. No one has the right to rape or molest a girl even if she has no clothes on her body. But in real world, the clothes should not be too much ' arousing' according to the girl herself. Wear clothes in which you and your body are comfortable. Don't be under any kind of peer pressure. Well, if you're with your husband/boyfriend, wear whatever you like but when you're walking alone, it is you who has to look after the well being of your own self."

To conclude, Tupac's lyrics fits in perfectly here. "We all came from a woman, got our name from a woman and our game from a woman, I wonder why we take from our women, why do we hate our women, why do we rape our women, I think it is to kill for women,time to heal our women, time to be real to our women. So the real men get up. I know you are fed up ladies, but keep your heads up.'' The lines say it all, the pain, the sufferings of a woman and what a woman means to our society.

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