What? What’s that?
It’s a fun game in India and Bangladesh: stalking and/or taunting women. It has a funny jokey haha name, so obviously it’s totes harmless, even though some women kill themselves to get away from it (silly bitches) and some people get murdered trying to stop it.
Young women often face verbal abuse and taunts in Bangladesh, and sometimes stalked by colleagues at school or other young men.
Some young women, unable to bear the repeated insults, have even gone so far as to commit suicide.
The High Court last week asked the government to take measures to stop sexual harassment and stalking of women after a number of suicides and killings related to the issue in recent weeks.
Activists say more than 24 people, most of them young girls, have died because of bullying and harassment since the beginning of this year.
In recent weeks, some of those who spoke out against sexual harassment have been murdered, causing public outrage.
A 50-year-old woman died after a motorcycle was driven over her when she protested against the bullying of her daughter last week.
A college teacher who spoke against bullying was also murdered. The killings led to a series of protests across the country.
That was November 2010. A year later, in Bombay –
…two men were attacked and killed after they had defended women from harassment outside a restaurant in Mumbai (Bombay).
The public abuse of women – called “Eve teasing” – is rampant in India.
A Facebook campaign calling for justice for the dead youngsters has picked up tens of thousands of followers.
I just joined that group.
…a small group of young people had left a restaurant together in a smart district of Mumbai.
Outside, some of the women in the group were harassed by men standing nearby.
Two of the women’s friends confronted the men, who fled. But shortly later they returned and attacked the pair.
The two men who came to the women’s defence, Keenan Santos and Ruben Fernandes, received injuries so severe that both subsequently died.
Apparently the right to bully and taunt women is so important that it’s worth killing for.
Valerian Santos, the father of one of the two dead youths, said he was proud of his son and urged more men to take a stand against the public harassment of women.
“I have another two boys and I have always maintained that if a woman or someone is in trouble, don’t look at your life – go and help that person,” he said.
“These people, they don’t realise it until it happens to one of their loved ones. Then they will cry for help.”
“Eve teasing” makes life miserable and even dangerous for women who go out in public and who use public transport.
Oh come now, BBC, talk about something important. The mere “teasing” of women can’t possibly be important enough for a serious news article. Get a real job.