Eve teasing is a euphemism used in India. The expression “eve teasing” is Indian in origin; you won’t find it in most dictionaries. Native speakers of English don’t use it.Eve teasing means public sexual harassment or molestation of women by men ,the word “eve” have biblical reference.Considering the phonological roots of the term in Indian English, Eve teasing refers to the temptress nature of Eve, placing responsibility on the woman as a tease, as though the aggressive response of the males was normal rather than criminal.Many feminist in our country have raised their voice to replace the term with a more appropriate term.
Is it not apparent from the very term that our society no matter what always chides a woman for any sought of misbehavior she faces?
-You should not dress up like sluts.
-You should not get out of your house after seven in the evening
Ours is a society in which all the ball and chain are meant for the female society.The men in our society are free even to do the worst of acts.The reason for such discrimination is that a woman should always be virtuous and cautious, for men since eternity as meant to violate and surpass the decency level.If a woman wish to be safe in our society she should live in a shell,for men can’t change their stinking attitude.The Indian society reeks of unhealthy prejudices favoring the male society.When a woman is molested in public the society recklessly blames her in some or the other way(her dressing sense,she should keep tabs of time etc etc).But lets not forget every woman raped or molested is not parading the streets in a mini skirt or bikini,then why the malfeasance persist?
The coinage of the term “Eve teasing” in my opinion is offensive.It tantamount’s to putting the entire blame on womenfolk for the malfeasance.