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Eve teasing is a euphemism used in India for sexual harassment of women by men, which includes passing remarks, body touching, cutting jokes with sexual overtone. Considered a growing problem throughout the subcontinent, eve teasing ranges in severity from sexually coloured remarks to outright groping. Various reasons are suggested for the prevalence of these types of sexual harassment – some feel that it is the direct consequence of a sexually repressive society, especially one in which women traditionally have no voice and no equal rights; while others insist that the influence of western media is the primary cause.
In recent years, the Indian Government has made some efforts to round up eve teasers. The deployment of plain-clothed policewomen for the purpose has been particularly effective.