Mumbai: Eve teasing is on a rise at an alarming rate irrespective of strict laws, rules and regulations such issues got no dead end. With every new day women, safety is put into questions, which leads to no implementation only trespassing.
This is for sure everyone is aware of the term ‘Sheila’ and ‘Munni’ but now there is one more term known as ‘Chammak Challo.’ These Bollywood numbers are meant for people’s entertainment but are coming into limelight for all wrong reasons that are taking toll over one’s daily lifestyle as these phrases gives edge over the gibberish behaviour of these eve teasers.
It’s very rare that women raise voice against such offensive act that takes place and such is the Ghodbunder road, Thane incident a long term held case ruled out finally that will leave you shocked definitely.
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On January 9, 2009, around 9.15am, the complainant and her husband were on their way back home after a morning walk. That is when the incident took place, the complainant’s leg accidentally touched the dustbin of the accused and it fell. Reflexively thinking that the complainant deliberately kicked it, he demark at her referring to her as “Chammak Challo”.
Listening the word, the complainant was disgusted with this abrupt behaviour, said, it had insulted her modesty. So she thought of approaching the housing society but there was no call to action taken on it.
Following this, she decided to approach the magistrate’s court.
The suspect when presented before the judge argued at length and stated that the complaint was deliberate, but no heed was paid to his argument and was rejected by the magistrate.
The judge very clearly clarifying the matter said, “The words ‘chammak challo’ are Hindi words, and there are no such words in English. Also, the words are to be understood in Indian society by their use. Generally, they are used to insult a woman. They are not words appreciating a woman. When used, they cause irritation and anger to any woman. Therefore, the words amount to insulting the modesty of a woman, attract section 509 of the IPC.”
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The court also fined him for Re 1 and simple imprisonment until proceedings were over for the day. Accused is convicted under section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code.
Imprisonment of the accused will definitely serve as a severe lesson for all those men who use such kind of derogatory and foul languages to demean or objectify women.
It’s high time that every women now stands up for her dignity and self-respect and knock down such eve-teaser, but that will only be possible if there is an adaptation of no tolerance attitude.