Eve-teasing as Sexual Harassment in India: Manifestation of the Patriarchal Mind-set

By Snigdha Nahar.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Equality is the goal in most societies, even the smallest step is a giant leap in this regard. Eve-teasing is a word of Indian origin even though it is in the English language. It is used only in the Indian sub-continent and refers to a “mild” form of sexual harassment. Even the Indian movies portray eve-teasing as an “acceptable” mode of entertainment for young men. What is attempted in this paper is an inquiry into whether it really is as insignificant and harmless as it is purported to be. In order to make this analysis, the first section delves into the sociological and feminist theories as to the existence of sexual harassment and as a subset: eve-teasing. The second part contains an analysis of how the legal system of certain countries such as the United States and Canada deal with sexual harassment so as to get insights into how India could handle eve-teasing as sexual harassment. As a comparative paradigm for eve-teasing, examples of Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have been provided. And lastly, an analysis of eve-teasing through statistics and the present laws in India which relate to the same has been put forth. The conclusion points out certain non-legal steps that have and might be taken in future.

Keywords: Sexual Harassment, Feminist Jurisprudence, Gender, India

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.245-252. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 593.270KB).

Snigdha Nahar

West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, West Bengal, India


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