Eve Teasing

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Jacinta Tigga

Eve teasing
The psychology of eve teasing
Faulty training at home
Is Bollywood the culprit?
Law concerning eve teasing
Facts and Figures
It's the same story every day. You are waiting at the bus stop early in the morning, minding your business as usual, when a group of guys sitting on a wall behind the stop, as if on cue, burst out into a loud rendition of "Chholi ke peeche kya hai, chholi ke peechey!" or something like "Anney, madipa pakuraaru, anney idupu a pakkuraaru!"( ohh Brother look at the folds of the hips! Or something like that) . You valiantly try to ignore them and jump into the next bus which comes along. To your dismay, the bus is extremely crowded, and to top it off, an old man cannot keep his hands to himself and makes it a point to grope your breast every time the bus driver applies the brakes and to make matters worse you can feel him getting a hard on. You have had enough and you decide to get down at the very next stop, but you have to fight through the huge group of guys hanging off the footboard of the bus and you get groped on your way out, by seven pairs of hands at least. You are left feeling violated, but you have to go to work/college/school, so you call an auto and get into it and heave a sigh of relief. But your relief is short lived as you notice the auto driver adjusting his rearview mirror to catch glimpses at you, and you try you level best to keep a somber expression and you stubbornly look at the road instead. At the next signal you are caught off guard by some guy who puts his hand into the auto through the window and pinches your breast (in lightning speed) as he zips by. By the time you get over the shock and the pain, he has sped off and you are left feeling dirty and filthy and all you can think of, is how you need to take a bath. Badly. You need to rub that feeling off your skin. Now” gross is it not? Finally you reach your destination and as you walk towards it, you jump out of your skin as a car hurtles towards you, and swerves just before running you over. The driver stops, just in time to cackle loudly along with his cronies at your discomfiture and drives away or You reach office and as you're about to enter the gate, a cyclist comes out of nowhere, slaps you on your butt and cycles off. Office is fine. You have some form of control over your surroundings and take revenge on the male sex by bossing your peon around. Later, in the evening your free and want to go for a movie. So you book your tickets and at the 6:30 p.m. show you get 'completely unintentionally' jostled and felt up. Well, what did you expect? You should have sat at home and watched it on VCD you bad, bad girl. As you exit the hall a ruffian whistles and another one passes a lewd remark. You reach home, dodge another speeding vehicle with its underage driver listening to ear-blasting music and hooting as he passes you. 'A***ole!' you mutter irritated, hurriedly enter the gate and bang it shut as loud as you can. Just another day!

We’d be wrong if we say that men and women are equal in this world. It may sound good in school essays and fetch you the requisite marks, but you have to wait to get in to the real world to see how true it is. We’re either far ahead or lagging behind, but never on the same footing. Our main objective should be to educate, empower and encourage girls and women to raise their voice against such a heinous act. We have come to terms with the fact that we cannot bring an end to eve teasing’ because it is going to exist in one form or another. But instead of being passive about it, maybe we could reduce it? We’re not aiming at being vindictive, but defensive. Not trying to get eve, but fighting back for getting something we don’t deserve and something that we have not...
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