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A Social Stigma

Updated: April 20, 2016 10:50 am

Eve teasing is a euphemism used for public sexual harassment, street harassment or molestation of women by men. It is a growing social problem considered to be related to criminal behaviour in youth. This is a form of sexual aggression that ranges in severity from sexually suggestive remarks, brushing in public places, catcalls, to outright groping. Sometimes it is referred to with a coy suggestion of innocent fun, making it appear harmless with no resulting liability on the part of the performer. Eve teasing, as heinous as it is, is thus also a difficult crime to prove. Eve teasing has become a big nuisance in India in recent days. After the Delhi gang-rape incident in 2012, the Government of India took some strict steps to deal with the problem. It took effective remedial measures both judicial and law enforcement wise. The police were asked to be on the alert to round up Eve teasers. The deployment of plain clothed female police officers for the purpose was particularly effective. In addition to this were Women’s help-lines, Women police stations and also, special anti-eve teasing cells by the police were set up in various cities. In some states where the problem was particularly serious like Tamil Nadu, eve teasing was made a non-bailable offence.

Eve tasing- a social epidemic

Deepa Awasthi

GYAN

Price : `690

Pages : 323

While these steps could be admirable initiatives to combat the problem of eve teasing, the real step would to empower the women. Women empowerment is essential for sustainable development of the society and for the realisation of human rights for all. Empowerment means giving legal and moral power to an individual in all spheres of life – social, economic, political, psychological, religious and spiritual, which are essential for the survival and over all development of the mankind. Empowerment expresses the bold idea that all people have claims to social arrangement that protect them from the worst abuses and deprivations and secure the freedom for a life of dignity. The process of empowerment helps shift the priority to the most deprived and excluded, especially to deprivations because of discrimination. Women’s empowerment could be considered as a process in which women gain effective control over resources material and knowledge, information, ideas and financial resources. Women should also be given control over decision making in the home, community and the society. They should be able to break free of the mould set by patriarchal norms.

Keeping all these things in mind, the edited book Eve tasing- a social epidemic is prepared with the intention of providing complete information about this heinous crime faced by every woman in the country. Eve teasing has emerged as the greatest challenge foe every women-folk of thiscountry. The book includes total 27 chapters written by eminent intellectuals from all over country. The book is divided in four sections: understanding Eve teasing, pshyco-legal aspects, experiences and eradication strategies and miscellaneous. In a nutshell, this book is a complete encyclopaedia of the problem and will provide the young girls and women of the country the courage to the crime against their dignity with determination.

 By Nilabh krishna

24-04-2016

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