Eve teasing is a form of sexual aggression that ranges in severity from sexually suggestive remarks, brushing in public places and catcalls to groping.
Eve teasing and molestation are problems that women all over the world, grapple with every single day. Often, many women are unaware of the laws and regulations that give them protection against such acts.
Talking about the legislature, Sec- 509 of IPC protects women from the idea of eve-teasing as it states that,
“Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman.—Whoever, intending to insult the modesty of any woman, utters any word, makes any sound or gesture, or exhibits any object, intending that such word or sound shall be heard, or that such gesture or object shall be seen, by such woman, or intrudes upon the privacy of such woman, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine, or with both.”
Along with this, it is important for a woman to be brave and take some action in order to defend herself from any such hard consequences. Few ways to help you out are listed below:
1. Be self-reliant and confident
This means that a woman should be independent and confident enough to fight for herself without any help from external source. Even if you are afraid, make sure only you know it and the criminal doesn’t. Eye-contact, straight posture, defiant shoulders, and aggressive arms all help portray confidence and has huge potential in deterring harassment. This way you will be able to make the offender realize that he cannot cause any harm to you.
2. Make use of technology
Technology can be a great source of assistance, especially in need of emergency. You can set SOS numbers of your close ones. Keep police help lines on speed dial and keep your GPS tracker on, always. Download the safety applications; learn their cautious and right use. This will make sure that as and when you are in a trouble, nears and dears reach you in no time.
3. Learn self- defense techniques
Attend a seminar or surf the internet to learn a few self-defense techniques. This will help you in the greatest way possible. You will know the weakness of the attacker and you can overpower him before he does.
4. Carry safety equipment
It is crucial for females to carry safety equipment with them. You can carry pepper spray, sharp screwdrivers, blades, nail-cutters etc. The point is to defend yourself and you can do it with anything which you feel is comfortable to carry. Also have the presence of mind to use these objects at the right time.
5. Don’t freak out
Be brave and don’t get afraid if anyone tries to be cruel with you. Your courage can speak volumes and show the offender that he will have to face dire consequences if he ever endeavors to cause you harm. Dangerous situations reveal your greatest strength. Do not freak out easily and be competent enough to take major actions, if needed.
Next time you step out alone, you know the right things you are supposed to do to the wrong people.