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What on earth is eve-teasing?

What on earth is eve-teasing?

Kipp is puzzled

July 9, 2009 3:30 by

During a routine scour for news today, Kipp came across a phrase that caught us off-guard: eve-teasing.

We don’t claim to know every phrase or word in the English language, but when we come across something unfamiliar, we can usually guess what it means. It didn’t work for this eve-teasing. Here’s the sentence as it appeared in Khaleej Times:

“The police have rounded up 89 youth of various nationalities for allegedly eve-teasing, fighting and threatening public security during a campaign launched on July 1 by the police to ensure compliance with the decency rule of the Sharjah government.”

According to a number of urban dictionaries, the phrase is a euphemism used to describe the harassment of women.

What’s wrong with using the word harassment? Is it impolite?

In any case, the term is widely used in the Indian Subcontinent, and since my Indian partner in crime is on a month long holiday, this lonesome Kipper had no one to ask if the phrase is used widely or not.


  1. justa on July 9, 2009 4:11 pm

    These phrase are widely used in the Indian Newspapers :

    ” The miscreants were apprehended for eve teasing ”

    Just say the louts were arrested for harassing women!!!
    but the Indian Papers and magazines use english which even the English have discarded.


  2. Doug on July 12, 2009 11:12 am

    The police were just doing the needful by nabbing these eve-teasers….

  3. cyndicato on July 15, 2009 8:28 am

    just like ‘needful’ above by doug, can they not use the ‘necessary instead’?

    ‘do the needful’ phrase is just pathetic to the ears..


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