sexual harassment and eve teasing: Girls gather courage, SSP bombarded with questions

Gathering all her courage, a girl from class VI, during an interaction with Senior Superintendent of the Police (SSP) Naunihal Singh on Thursday, narrated how some boys had tried to outrage her modesty. As the 11-year-old started speaking, her schoolmates started hooting and laughing at her. Bursting into tears, the youngster was called up to the stage and was counseled by a lady police officer.

Such was the case with many other young girls for whom a session with the UT police officers was an ice breaker to speak out and realize that a boy on the street who tried to hamper her dignity was actually a punishable offense. Continuing with the campaign to create awareness about eve-teasing, the SSP interacted with the students of Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 18. After the interaction was over many girls went up to talk to the lady police personnel and shared certain instances with them which they had not with their parents or teachers.

As the session progressed, the girls asked questions that even their own teachers were surprised at.

One of the students asked: "What happens to a boy who has gone for 'police-tourism' comes back and again starts to create a problem for the girl."

To this, the SSP replied, "Send him on the tour again."

Another girl stood up and asked, "If we are going in a group and some boys on bikes come and tease us, there are some girls who like it. What do we do in that case?" SSP replied, "That is the problem with those girls then, you cannot help it. But you have to keep it in mind that the moment that boy troubles you, you call the police."

"If a boy is coming up to you and saying that he likes you does not mean that you have to like him as well. If you go on ignoring him, he will keep disturbing you. You have to draw the line and decide to take an action," SSP Naunihal Singh added.

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