Eve teasing a word commonly used by girls and very frequently practiced by some men.
Unfortunately, this word find its origin in India, one won’t find it in most of the dictionaries.
Native speakers of English do not use it.
What is Eve Teasing?
Public sexual harassment, verbal or physical abuse or molestation of woman by man is called Eve Teasing.
I know that I may be sounding aggressive but I can’t help it. I being a girl, know what this means and how deeply it can harm. The fact is 98 percent of the women have stated that sexual harassment on roads has affected their personal or academic development in some or the other.(source)
It can sometime result in severe consequences like acid throwing, rapes and suicides.
Eve teasing can be seen on roads, beaches, and public transport and sadly even in educational institution and work places. This proves that even our educated masses feel that it is correct to tease, whistle and pass obscene comment on women.
Myths associated with eve teasing says, women who dress in a seductive way are subject to eve teasing, they even say that women should not go out of their houses after it is dark to avoid incidents of rapes, sexual harassment and eve teasing. All these imply that the victim is to be blamed for eve teasing, rapes etc. This is a proof of our deep rooted principles of patriarchal society. Every pointing finger will find a woman to blame whether it is eve teasing or rapes or regarding women as witches or dowry. Cases of eve teasing rapes and sexual harassment are not a result of lust or desire but a sheer consequence of male ego and power.
As more and more women go out to study and work independently, this means they are no longer accompanied by a male escort.
This was not accepted by our traditional society and the problem saw an alarming increase. It is then when the government and the police came into action. Many social organizations and NGO’s have been set up and are working in this field.
It is quite obvious that the fairer sex is facing a lot of difficulties right from birth to death or even before birth like female feticide, infanticide, eve teasing, rapes, sexual harassment, dowry deaths etc. a lot has been talked and written about it already, but the impact is nowhere to be seen.
Why women are suppose to suffer? This question must be ringing in minds of almost all women folk. But the answer is not yet found. Strict laws and stricter implementation and complete social reformation are the need of the hour.