Is this how Indian young women are supposed to deal with street sexual harassment? The police came and filed a case against the ‘eve teasers‘ (or ‘manchale’ in Hindi, I wish we used more appropriate words).
Although she did ‘take law into her own hands‘, Aarti Yadav, 22, has complete social approval and support. She was in a crowded market when her neighbour, who had been harassing her for a while, made some lewd comments; she chased him, then she kicked and slapped him, a crowd gathered (and some can be seen filming), the assailant ran away leaving his bike behind. She set it on fire.
How many young women can do this? It seems she felt the only other option was suicide – and sadly, that is easy to believe.
Suicide or public slap (or equivalent action) are seen as honorable options for young Indian women when dealing with Street sexual harassment. Reporting to the police frequently means justifying their life style and clothing, and proving they were not ‘asking for it’.
Shouldn’t it be easier than this?
Why should a young woman have to choose between suicide and a violent retaliation? The man could have returned with a gang (like in Keanan and Reuben case). Please remember the Guwahati attack too started with a girl trying to fight back sexual harassment. Why do Street sexual harassers (should not be called manchale or eve teasers) feel so safe on Indian streets?
Link shared by Dr Arun.