Indicators of sexual harassment experienced by the rural school going adolescent girls in Punjab

Sugandha Asgola, Sukhminder Kaur

Abstract


Women are often subjected to groping, suggestive remarks, whistling, catcalls and the
like by men in public places like market, malls, streets and roads, movie halls, in
buses etc. The present study to identify the indicators of sexual harassment experienced
by rural school going adolescent girls was taken up in one block of Ludhiana district
of Punjab state. The sample consisted of 200 respondents who were in the age range
of 16-18 years and the data were collected using a self-structured questionnaire relating
to various aspects of sexual harassment. Majority of the adolescent girls experienced
verbal and non-verbal sexual harassment. Significant differences were observed in
the physical sexual harassment experienced by the younger and older adolescents;
older adolescents experienced more physical sexual harassment. The most common
non-verbal indicators of sexual harassment experienced by the adolescents were
whistling, winking and staring whereas receiving general comments and suggestive
songs were identified as verbal indicators. Rubbing against in crowded places and
pushing against in public transport were found to be the most prevalent form of physical
sexual harassment.


Keywords


Adolescent, Indicator, Non-verbal, Physical, Sexual harassment, Verbal

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