The Life and Times of an Indian Homemaker

Is this how Indian young women are supposed to deal with street sexual harassment? The police came and filed a case against the ‘eve teasers‘ (or  ‘manchale’ in Hindi, I wish we used more appropriate words).

Although she did  ‘take law into her own hands‘, Aarti Yadav, 22, has complete social approval and support. She was in a crowded market when her neighbour, who had been harassing her for a while, made some lewd comments; she chased him, then she kicked and slapped him, a crowd gathered (and some can be seen filming), the assailant ran away leaving his bike behind. She set it on fire.

How many young women can do this? It seems she felt the only other option was suicide – and sadly, that is easy to believe.

Suicide or public slap (or equivalent action) are seen as honorable options for young Indian women…

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