Eve-teasing has grown into a major menace calling for urgent attention and effective legal measures. To begin with, the term ‘eve-teasing’ itself is quite docile and does not really capture the horror of sexual harassment in public places. Eve-teasing ranges from catcalls, obscene comments to groping and downright molestation. Since substantive laws have to be enforced with due regard to the procedural requirements, it becomes too cumbersome for the victim to involve the state machinery every time she faces sexual harassment in public places. The only effective way to deal with it is for the authorities to keep a closer and keener watch, and move swiftly when such an instance is reported without causing inconvenience to the victim so that the victims do not think twice before approaching the authorities.
It is quite true that the increase in the instances of sexual harassment of this kind and the harassers' getting bolder is, to a large extent, attributable to public apathy coupled with our general failure to inculcate certain moral values in the youth. But perhaps too much time has been lost, and now it's apparently high time certain harsh measures were resorted to so that the streets and public places could be made safer for women and girls. Sometimes it's upon the law to bring about a change in the popular attitude. Perhaps, this is one of those times.