“Ghar mein ma behen nahi hai kya?”
“Don’t you have a mother or sister at home?”
(a commonly used statement. Most often heard in Bollywood movies when our hero is ‘eve teasing’/ wooing the female actor.)
Akhila spoke to a number of people at Majestic Bus Stand the day opinion polls were conducted.
Here are some of the results: (translated from Kannada to English).
“One cannot look/ tease married women. But these days I cannot figure out if the girls are married or not.”
“When young men see girls they experience joy but they don’t think of their sisters.”
“Women can wear what they want. We should treat them like our sisters.”
“The people who do it have no common sense. They do it because they don’t think of a woman as their sister.”
Other comments included
“It does not happen here.”- male
“It happens here and not in rural India because women know how to dress.”- male
“Mostly villagers do it. They come and touch”- female bus conductor.
“It is today’s college going generation that does it/ aaj kal ke naujavan.”- male
“I have experienced it mostly from middle aged men.”- 47 yr old female.