What is Eve Teasing?
A picture is more powerful than a thousand words. The pictures presented here can give a pretty good idea on what eve-teasing is all about.
However, it seams words are getting stronger these days. Words mentioned in the following pictures are according to a website are used in eve-teasing. Source: http://blog.blanknoise.org/2007/08/blog-post.html
Eve teasing is a euphemism used in India and sometimes Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal for public sexual harassment, street harassment or molestation of women by men, with Eve being a reference to the biblical Eve. It is a form of sexual aggression………….
……………. many feminist writers term it as "little rapes", and usually occur in public places, streets, and public transport. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve_teasing
What falls within “Eve-Teasing?”
The term eve-teasing is used in Bangladesh to describe harassment of girls and women by boys and men. Such harassment can take the form of making sexually suggestive comments or gestures, ogling, groping, or forced touching of the body or clothes of a girl or woman. Source: The Formulation of Sexual and Health-related Behaviour Among Young Men in Bangladesh Summary Report.
Though eve-teasing is commonly used and popularly understood a term in Bangladesh, it remains outside the explicit legal definition.
Is eve-teasing a criminal offence in Bangladesh?
The High Court had given its verdict that any kind of physical, mental or sexual harassment—note, not `eve teasing’—of women, girls and children was a criminal offence. It was punishable by fine and/or imprisonment. Source: http://www.shahidulnews.com/2010/11/eve-teasing-of-semantic-shifts-and-criminal-cover-ups/
Why the words “EVE” & “TEASING?”
Eve is believed to be the first woman created by the Almighty and all women are the descendants of her and thus generically could be called Eve. So, teasing a woman is called 'eve teasing'. The other explanation is that the biblical Mother Eve enticed the biblical Father Adam to share and eat the God-forbidden fruit of the heaven. The origin of man in the earth is nothing but the repentance of the sin by the first couple Adam and Eve acquired by eating the forbidden fruit. Eve, by nature is an enticing character and men just fell into her enticement. This explanation remits the offence of men and attributes the liabilities to women. But, whatever may the origin of the term be, it is widely circulated and even accepted in the Indian subcontinent during the 1960s
Considering the semantic roots of the term in Indian English, eve-teasing refers to the temptress nature of Eve, placing responsibility on the woman as a tease, as though the aggressive response of the males was normal rather than criminal. This prompt many feminists and voluntary organizations have suggested that the expression be replaced by a more appropriate term.
This is how the Oxford Dictionary defines eve-teasing:
[mass noun] Indian
the making of unwanted sexual remarks or advances by a man to a woman in a public place. Derivatives
1960s: from Eve + tease
Why this is important to inquire?
Following news can easily one’s attention.
Government has designated June 13 as “Eve Teasing Protection Day”.
“female students and female teachers are not safe on streets or in schools.” - Nurul Islam Nahid, Education Minister.
“Pinky’s case (the girl committed suicide because of eve-teasing) – and others like them – was a cause for serious concern.” Nur Mohammad, Inspector General of Bangladesh Police.
“Some victims find suicide to the only avenue that enables them to escape this social pandemic,” Sultana Kamal, executive director of Ain-O-Shalish Kendra (ASK).
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