The Condition of Eve Teasing in the Liberty Market and the DHA Commercial Areas of Lahore
Date of submission
November 27, 2010
Eve teasing is basically the act of harassing a woman publicly, passing vulgar remarks and essentially making her feel uncomfortable to stroll freely in a public place.
Eve teasing dates far back to the time when the world started being liberal and ever since women got their rights back in the early 90’s and generally became open in terms of them working and being an active member of the society.
To highlight the alarming condition of eve teasing in the main commercial areas of Lahore, namely the gulberg Liberty market and the H and Y block markets of DHA. To shed light on the main issues pertaining from the act of eve teasing.
Through a questionnaire circulated amongst the people and interviewing the shop owners and authorities of the aforementioned areas.
We concluded that women of the age group (18-25 years), were majorly teased on public transports, and usually by men in groups rather than a single male. And also that there are no real measures taken as yet to end this menace or to deal with the defaulters.
To spread awareness that eve teasing is an actual issue in our society. This would really help in targeting the issue at the root so that the upcoming generations can be groomed accordingly.
Since this is an Islamic country, “sexual Harassment” is not a topic that can be discussed openly. Hence the term “eve-teasing” came into being. It is used widely in major Asian countries too of which Pakistan is seriously affected by this problem. Eve-teasing is basically the act of harassing women in public which is usually done by groups of young men in public places, primary hangout spots, bus stops, in actual busses/trains, in workplaces and basically anywhere a girl has the liberty to walk around freely.
This act started ever since women became liberal and started being an active member of the society by working jobs, getting an education etc. Many men feel threatened by this, and feel that eve-teasing is the easiest way to put a woman in her place. Some do it because of this very reason, some do it to satisfy their inner urges and some just plainly do it as a recreational activity. Movies and TV often present eve teasing or stalking as mode of convincing the beautiful tender females to accept love proposals, and we don’t really have a scarcity of hopeless romantics. Women are often criticized for 'inviting' molesters by their 'seductive' way of dressing and make-up. This might be right in some cases and wrong in many. It’s true that they dress openly at times but this is the 21st century and all of us should be open minded but sadly that is not at all the case.
The teasing can be verbal teasing i.e passing indecent remarks about the target victims or non verbal teasing which includes winks, hand gestures and staring/leering at the victims. It can also be a form of physical teasing such as cornering the victim, blocking their path, ping or groping the victim. It is common sight in a public recreational area where u see a single girl or a group of girls waiting for their cars or having a casual discussion, and suddenly a car stops beside them offering them a ride, teasing them and passing crude remarks. The girls are left helpless and humiliated and in no position to do anything about it. 1.2 Purpose
• To study the existence of eve teasing in major commercial areas of our society • To find out various kinds of eve teasing acts that the victims have to go through • To determine the attitude of the youth (18-25 years) towards eve teasing • To study the impact of eve teasing on the victims
• To find out the precautions and actions...