Earlier some states, later some colleges and, now a village Khap has an objection on wearing jeans by girls. According to them jeans provoke eve teasing. When will they stop being biased? When will they understand that its not mere clothes, which are responsible for this ill-behaviour towards girls? It’s the sick mindedness of those boys who disrespect women by their misconduct. Instead of imposing ban on girls they should’ve taught the boys to behave. But, unfortunately it is not so. These boys/men will not spare your girls even if you keep them in veil because their minds are rotten and their thinking is cheap. Why don’t they grab such nasty boys and teach them a lesson on propriety? They will not stop until they are punished hard (exemplary punishment). Such diktats will only forbid these boys from learning to respect girls and women. If our society really wants to protect girls and women from these rogues we have to show zero tolerance towards eve teasing incidents.
Friends, don’t you feel that ‘eve teasing’ is just a euphemism for sexual harassment that occurs usually on roads or public places. Therefore isn’t it a violation of woman’s fundamental right to live with dignity? Even though there is no such term in Indian law but it recognizes ‘eve teasing’ as sexual harassment and considers it as a criminal activity. Although we have laws to restrain such incidents yet they aren’t enough. We need more stringent laws, as fearlessness is the foremost reason of repetitiveness of such incidents. So, I reckon and look forward your endorsement that instead of girls, boys need a rule book to teach them ‘how to behave graciously with girls and women’? Eve teasing is a psychological or behavioural disorder which needs to be treated by our society. But, for that there is a need of changed mind set of our society; and in that course of action the primary unit of society i.e. family should take initiatives. All the families should foster respect and regard in their sons for females. Schools and college can also play big role by reacting strictly against such happenings. They can also organize awareness programs seminars, and talk shows, etc. And, from other social institutions, I humbly request to keep check on these perverted males who try to jab the dignity of a woman.
It will certainly be remiss if I do not appreciate those NGOs who are really working hard to curb this problem. They not only help the victim psychologically but also prepare them to face such situations. Ironically, India with a lady president, three lady chief ministers and a lady chairperson of the current ruling party and last but not the least many lady MLAs and MPs are regrettably unable to restrain crimes against Indian women and are not good enough to make a better world for their breed. The answer perhaps lies in the insecurity of a common man’s wife/daughter/sister/mother for whom there are no personal guards or the power of government machinery to protect them. If they try to bring up the matter they have to undergo multiple humiliations of the insensitive queries.
As we approach our 62nd Republic day, let us recall the preamble of our constitution which assures the “dignity for individual” and rise to this cause. I am sure a day shall dawn when we can step out without the fear of losing our dignity.