Sexual harassment is a serious offence. It’s time we get that clear in our heads. Moreover, offenders do not look a certain way or have a certain well-defined profile. An offender could be anyone from a college going teenager to a retired senior citizen. In all cases, the offence must not be taken lightly.
Samya Gupta, in a Facebook post, talked about an incident in which she was sexually harassed by a father of two, on a bus that she was travelling on. While she received support from co-passengers, many asked her to forgive the man brushing it away as a ‘minor’offence.
Here’s her complete post:
I asked the bus driver to stop the bus on the next closest Police Station. I gained the support of a couple of my Co-passengers, and I am really grateful to them.
P.S: DON’T WAIT FOR AN EVE-TEASER TO CONVERT INTO AN RAPIST. TAKE ACTIONS EVEN FOR THE SLIGHTEST INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT DONE TOWARDS YOU.
Eve teasing must never be brushed aside as a minor offence. By doing so, we make way for serial offenders to use a “heartfelt” apology as a defence every single time. Once they realise they can get away with it, why stop at eve-teasing, eh? And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how sexual crimes go unchecked.
Secondly, sexual offenders do not fit into a specific mould. The notion that since a person is a father of two and hence cannot be a sexual offender is simply ludicrous. Criminals come in all shapes, sizes, demographics and ethnicities. It’s the act that’s wrong. Doesn’t matter who commits it.