Generally eve teasers are late teenagers or young adults, who do it for “fun” or who actually believe that most love affairs start with eve teasing. Middle aged middle class men and petty criminals also indulge in eve teasing when they think they can get away with it, as in crowds or buses.
Potential eve teasers will never indulge in eve teasing when they realize that they cannot get away with it. Therefore prominently deploying PCR vans and policemen on motorcycles during rush hours and during dusk can not only control eve teasing but general crime as well, which has witnessed an upturn in recent weeks. The recently started EMRV 108 helpline should also accept calls about eve teasing and other violence against women and direct the nearest PCR Van to reach the spot as soon as possible. Billboards at vantage points with one simple message “Eve teasing is not a joke… it can land you in jail” could have a deterrent value. “Call 108 if you are in trouble”, could also be advertised on these bill boards.
Empowering girls to physically defend themselves is an essential step. Therefore girls, especially from the underprivileged sections of our society should be given training in self defense. In Delhi, women constables of Delhi Police impart such training to girls. Training is given in the form of 3hrly daily lessons for one week free of cost and a certificate issued at the end. Uttarakhand Police could also give such lessons to girls in Government schools first and private schools thereafter.
NGO’s can also be involved in giving such training. Besides they can also be involved in sensitizing boys in schools and colleges about gender equality and through the medium of skits and role playing make boys aware of the pain girls go through on being eve teased.
Eve teasers should be caught at all costs. However the present penalty of Rs 500/- or one year imprisonment is not effective. First timers could be made to compulsorily do community work like cleaning public toilets or roads for two or three days and attend sensitization sessions with NGO’s working for gender equality. Repeat eve teasers should be fined atleast Rs 5000/- and sent to jail.
Just over a fortnight ago on the 22nd August a 20yr old MA student in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, burnt herself because she could not bear being eve teased. Are we waiting for such a tragedy to jolt us out of our slumber? It is time to act now!
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