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Shame! UP Girl Studying In The US Dies In An Accident While Trying To Escape Eve-Teasing

khushboo sharmakhushboo sharma  |  Aug 11, 2020
Shame! UP Girl Studying In The US Dies In An Accident While Trying To Escape Eve-Teasing

Be it the indiscreet streets of a small town, or the flourishing main roads of the country’s capital itself, a woman can never be too safe from eve-teasing or catcalling in India. Walk out of your house on any given day and you can almost be 100 percent sure of encountering a creep or an entire gang of goons all set to spoil your day with sleazy remarks, ogling, and in a lot of cases even stalking you.

Don’t even get me started upon the horrors of the experience for someone at the receiving end of this eve-teasing and harassment. And sadly, despite the problem being so rampant in the country, there’s hardly any strict rules or laws to penalise eve-teasers and these every day “Romeos” in the country. Sudeeksha Bhati, a 19-year-old girl from Dadri district in Greater Noida recently became prey to one of these eve-teasing incidents and died in a road accident after allegedly trying to escape from her stalkers. 

As per media reports, Sudeeksha was studying in Babson College in Massachusetts on a scholarship, belonged to a poor family, and was back in India for a vacation. She was on a scooty with her uncle when two men on a motorbike allegedly started following them. 

“The men were passing comments on Sudeeksha and were trying to overtake her and do stunts. Suddenly, their motorbike hit Sudeeksha’s Scooty and it lost balance. Sudeeksha died on the spot,” said Satendra Bhaati, the student’s uncle in a statement shared with Indian Today

Sudeeksha was a very bright student, had topped her district in class 12 exams, and had received a scholarship of Rs 3.80 crore. Her friends and family are now urging the authorities to look into the matter and take appropriate action against the two men. Meanwhile, the incident is also being widely condemned on social media as #JusticeForSudeeksha trends on Twitter. Here’s what Twitterati have to say:

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While eve-teasing victims in India can seek recourse through Section 294 of the Indian Penal Code, there doesn’t exist a dedicated law that actually refers to the problem. And even under Section 294, the maximum sentence that a person who is found guilty of targetting a girl or woman with obscene gestures, remarks, songs or recitation is a duration of a mere three months.
Clearly, the laws and punishments, in this case, are not strict enough to address the problem at hand and it’s high time that the centre introduces policy changes and provisions to put a stop to this everyday misogyny
 

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