29 Jul “No More Eve-Teasing”
God has created Man and Woman to develop mankind on the earth. Developing mankind is not possible unless man and woman biologically and socially create the atmosphere. It must be the rule of living that God had in mind when creating them. But, what has been happening in the world, the subjugation of women all these centuries-long.
Sexual harassment involves nonverbal, verbal, physical, or visual sexual attention, intimidation, or coercion that is unwelcome and unwanted and often hurts the psychosocial health of the victim.
Specific examples include making passes, obscene gestures, whistling, stalking, staring, pinching, fondling, and rubbing against women.
Two years back, schoolgirls of Government school, Rewari, locked the school gates and sat on an indefinite fast against the eve-teasing. They asked the police help but did not get the result. But there were no changes in the unpleasant acts by roadside Romeos.
But in 2019, five girls have come up for safety issues and knock the doors of Punjab High Court.
Basic reasons behind the eve-teasing
1. Less importance to gender discrimination in society
2. Less importance to girl education or inadequate education
3. Disobedience to social values
4. A more mechanical way of living
5. Shrinking human values
Impact on women psychological health-
1. The morale of women suffers
2. Physical and mental impairment
3. Lose of faith in family and society
4. Desperate step of suicide
Punishments against eve-teasing
1. Section 354 of the Penal Code, is punishable with a maximum term of two years imprisonment of either description, or with fine, or with both.
2. Section 354. Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty, two years imprisonment of either description, or with fine, or with both.
3. Section 509– Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman– whoever, intending to insult the modesty of any woman, utters any word, makes any sound or gesture, or exhibits any object shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.
4. Section 294– Obscene acts and songs, Sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place, shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three months, with fine, or with both.
Eve-teasing is a wrong against the honor, dignity, and self-respect of a woman. It hurts her at the core of the soul. We need a strong combating for this fast-growing problem.
So, I strongly recommend a strong and tough law either in civil or criminal, for the strong punishment of the Eve teasers.
Let’s join hands together for the movement “No More Eve-Teasing”.