“There is not a single girl in Delhi who has not been eve-teased,” says Shreyashi Ganguly, 22. The Hindu College student’s estimation is not off the mark.According to the figures released by the Delhi Police, crime against women is at a shocking high. 489 rapes and 585 cases of molestation were reported in 2010, which means a woman is molested in the Capital every 14 hours. "The whole society is responsible for this — boys should be taught at home to respect women and we must stand up when a girl is being harassed," says Dr Kiran Bedi, former IPS officer. "Eve-teasing is such a part of our lives that we’re de-sensitised to it. It’s high time we fight back," says Alankrita Shrivastava, director, Turning 30!.
"It’s the right thing to do. Blowing the whistle against an eve-teaser will shame him," says Kiran Bedi, social activist.
"I think the best thing women can do to ward off eve-teasing is to shout out loud when teased," says Gul Panag, actor.
Power to women
I fight back
"Ihave been taking a bus to work for a while and eve-teasing is practically a daily affair. Strangers on the bus pass lewd remarks or brush against you, but I don’t ignore them. I fight back. Once, a man in his 40s made a cheap comment, and I immediately shouted at him. Others on the bus were alerted to the situation and he was thrown out," says Neha Tiwari, 22.
Don’t keep quiet
"I was in the Metro when a man tried to grope me. I was so shocked, I just held his hand and gave him a push. I even insulted him loudly and others realised what was going on, and stood up for me. I felt disgusted, but also proud that I had fought back. I’m sure that man will think twice before groping a girl again," says Anusheel Bhan, 25.
HT City blow the whistle
It’s time to stop ignoring men who stare at us. It’s time to shout out against men who touch us ‘accidentally’. It’s time to stand up and blow the whistle out of eve-teasing. Over the next week, HT City will distribute whistles in colleges and on the Delhi Metro. Grab your whistle, and the next time a guy makes you uncomfortable, make some noise!
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