Associate Professor, Department of History, Rani Anna Government College for Women, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India.
Eve teasing has been a serious social evil widely prevalent in our country. Nowadays, so many cases are filed against eve teasers and sometimes the victims most probably school and college students commit suicide. Eve teasing is widely prevalent in all walks of life. Wherever women work, they are targeted and teased whenever possible. We cannot just say that only the school children and college students are affected by eve teasers, women politicians were also teased on many occasions in the Tamil Nadu legislative Assembly. Women ministers like Dr. Jothi Venkatachalam and Dr. Sathiyavani Muthu were targeted many times. Questions related to eve teasing were also raised in the Assembly and the legislators tried to mock the victims instead of the culprits. The Madras Legislative Assembly Debates and Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Debates were used for preparing this research paper. More over leading newspapers and interviews were also added to enrich this paper. Though women became legislator they still remained women at heart. Eve teasing still continues and we seldom care about it. The ruling party members also sometimes tease their own party legislators if they achieve something. They are not encouraged inside their party itself. This paper mainly focuses on the ordeals of the women legislators and their male counterparts.
women, legislators, eve teasing, questions, assembly procedures.
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To cite this article
Theeba, A. (2019). Eve-Teasing and Tamilnadu Legislators with Special Reference to Question Hour. Sparkling International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research Studies, 2(4), 27-31.