Eve-Teasing: The Struggle Against Sexual Harassment

Thanks to the Revolution in South Asia team  which is posted a series of such pieces for  International Women's Day on March 8th, 2011. This article originally appeared at eKantipur.com.

Women rally against "Eve teasing" in S. Asia

NEW DELHI, MAR 01 -

 

It sounds almost playful, but "Eve teasing" is a daily torment for many women in South Asia, who are now trying to call time on what they see as a bland euphemism for sustained sexual harassment.

Widely used for decades by the media and police in India and Bangladesh, and to a lesser extent in Nepal and Pakistan, "Eve-teasing" is a catch-all term that encompasses anything from lewd comments to assault.

As a reference to the biblical Eve, women activists argue that it carries an additional offensive inference -- that of the woman as "temptress" who was complicit in her own downfall.

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