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Exploitation of women in India

Although government and other law-enforcing agencies have taken stern steps to put an end to these outrageous acts of street sexual violence, the problems of sexual offense still continue to haunt the society. The alarming thing is that most cases of eve teasing go unreported to the police for concern of public exposure and humiliation. So getting an accurate statistics of eve teasing is not an easy task. Unable to escape from the harrowing experience of being sexually abused, many victims of eve teasing commit suicide.

In India, every 51minutes a woman is sexually harassed; every 21 minutes one woman is molested. Eve teasing is something that a woman has to contend with everyday. So what is it with Indian men and eve teasing? Is it the frustration of sex or just another mode of fun?

Offenses against Women in India


  • Acid Attacks on women


  • Molestation in empty train compartments


  • Outraging of Modesty in Offices


  • Sexual Harassment


  • Eve Teasing in Buses, etc


  • Sexual Assaults in Discotheques, Pubs, Public places


  • Humiliation of Women


  • Stalking & Following


  • Alcoholic Offenses


  • In April 2005, a 17-year-old college girl was raped on Marine Drive--a popular Mumbai promenade--by a policeman. The Shiv Sena, a powerful local political party that controls large sections of Mumbai, condemned the rape, but also added that women should not wear revealing clothes and mingle with men. The victim's clothes, her companions, her occupation and her habits are all used to put her on trial.

    Laws and Section:-
     
    Section 298 (A) and (B) of the (IPC), which sentences a man found guilty of making a girl or woman the target of obscene gestures, remarks, songs or recitation for a maximum tenure of three months. Section 292 of the IPC clearly spells out that showing pornographic or obscene pictures, books or slips to a woman or girl draws a fine of Rs.2000 with two years of rigorous imprisonment for first offenders. In case of repeated offence, when and if proved, the offender will be slapped with a fine of Rs.5000 with five years imprisonment. Under Section 509 of the IPC, obscene gestures, indecent body language and acidic comments directed at any woman or girl carries a penalty of rigorous imprisonment for one year or a fine or both.

    But then also these harassers come out of custody very easily or sometimes no action is taken against them. In some places special ladies trains are run,or some coaches are alloted only for ladies, or in crowd ladies police officers are kept in civil uniform so that they can easily catch teasers. but we all women should know how to protect us from these nuisance and shouldnt rely on police or law.

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    Shrusti Jain

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