Thoughts on eve teasing
It was a cold silent night. The streets were empty and dark. I was having a late night post dinner walk.
It would have been an hour or so of me walking in my solitude, listening to my favourite tunes. I had found myself at a trivium, connecting the road to my house to the market at one side and to my office at other side.
Just then I felt someone approaching me form the side. On turning I saw a beautiful young woman, most probably in her mid twenties. After a quick thought I recalled that she was one of my colleagues, Nandini. She might have stayed late at office today due to the early release of their project.
She was panting heavily, afraid and shaking. She asked me to help her as there was someone following her, pointing at distance behind her.
There was boy there, leaning against a tree to make it seem like he was just minding his own business. My first instinct was to ignore the miscreant and to accompany the lady to a safe place, but then a thought came to my mind that if I don’t stop him today, then tomorrow there would be some other woman. So I decided to confront him.
On seeing me approaching him, the boy started to run away but I was able to catch up to him. The boys was a thin young lad, most probably in his teens. Meanwhile, Nandini was able to catch upto us. She had already call the police and asked me to hold him till the police came. On hearing the mention of police, the boy started crying and pleading to let him got, stating that he was one of the toppers of his class and a police complaint could nullify his scholarship.
On hearing this, I said to him "You should have thought this before harassing the girl.". In reply to this he said that he thought she was asking for it by wearing short clothes and walking alone so late at night.
This was it for me. I had never heard anything more disgusting than this. I wanted to beat this boy to the plump, to extract such filth from his mind, but I controlled myself and asked the boy "From where are you learning such rubbish.". He said that he had overheard his parents talking about such incidents and saying that you can never clap from one hand and that if the girl doesn’t want something to happen then should dress appropriately, stay home after dark and should not be friends with boys. He also said that all his life he has heard people saying that there is difference between boys and girls, and people should act according to their gender.
At that time I realised that we would never be able to tackle this issue, no matter how hard the punishment we make, untill and unless we educate people about this. The only way to kill this evil is by educating people against it and the most effective way would be to educate the child from a very young age, as this is the age where he/she learns the most, and the thoughts constructed at this stage stays with the child for his/her whole life. And this sould not be a one time effort but rather be a repeatative one.
And if we are able to achieve this then there shall be a world one day when a girl would feel safe to walk alone at night and would not have to worry about creeps constantly staring at them in public.