The sad truth about India is that your darling daughter will, at some point, be a victim of eve-teasing. It’s best to prepare her. Read on.
By Susan Philip
‘Eve-teasing’ is an Indian euphemism for sexual harassment, usually in streets and public places. It could take many forms. It could be wolf-whistles or lewd jokes. It could be staring. Or, it could be more serious, like making vulgar suggestions to a girl, groping or stalking her. In all forms, it causes varying levels of discomfort to the victim. A pre-teen or teenager could be traumatised if she is exposed even to the milder forms of eve-teasing. Here are some ways to prepare your daughter to cope with this menace.
Pre-teens and teenagers cannot be expected to handle eve-teasers on their own. It’s best not to encourage your young child to challenge or stand up to someone who is harassing her. The wisest course would be for you, or some responsible adult to step in if there’s a problem. Without alarming her unduly, ensure that she’s never out alone till the situation passes.
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