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Men who carry out street harassment

I was curious to understand what triggers people to carry out street harassment of women. I requested friends in India to ask men who have low paid jobs on a 'man to man' note as to why they do it. Key insights: Men carry out street harassment when women are alone, mainly to get cheap thrills with their peers Men refrain from harassing women if they are accompanied by a man, or in the presence of cops

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Respondent 1: Manoj, from Nepal, 19 years old

Do you or someone you know do street harassment on the street?
Yes he and his friends used to

Why do they harass women on the street?
Acceptance in peer group, building hierarchy

Where do they harass women on the street?
Streets where probability of near ones seeing them is less

When do they think they can?
Lone woman

Is there anything that stops them?
If the woman is not alone
 

Respondent 2: Bus Conductor, Bihar 28 years old

Do you or someone you know do street harassment on the street?
Yes, him and friends

Why do they harass women on the street?
Cheap thrills (not interested in talking to the woman)

Where do they harass women on the street?
In their hood, where people can back them up if needed

When do they think they can?
During the day, lone woman, when they are with friends, drinking liquor

Is there anything that stops them?
Cops, men accompanying a woman
 

Respondent 3: Handyman, Bihar 23 years old

Do you or someone you know do street harassment on the street?
Yes, him and friends

Why do they harass women on the street?
Cheap thrills (not interested in talking to the woman), thing they do with friends, Women who fit their low economic status (avoid rich girls as they can get them into trouble)

Where do they harass women on the street?
In their hood, paan shops

When do they think they can?
Lone woman, when they are with friends – get a kick when a woman reacts (good or bad reaction doesn’t matter)

Is there anything that stops them?
Cops, men accompanying women

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Fabulous! Sad (and pathetic and so many other things) that what is "cheap thrills" for them impacts so negatively on a woman's life. I guess the question then is why does scaring, harassing and intimidating a female improve their social status? Why is it seen as such a "positive" among their peers to treat people so awfully? How do we change this deep-rooted cultural issue?

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I was just contemplating asking my friends to run the interviews with more men - and conclude by asking 'if the men know how women feel when they harass them'? And if they do, then what stops them from caring (not related to them etc.)?

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