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Eve-teasing Passes for Romance in Our Movies, Says Maneka Gandhi

Boy chases girl. Girl says no. Boy keeps chasing girl. She eventually says yes. This sequence of events is called romance in some Indian movies. Elsewhere, it is sexual harassment and stalking. And the latest to hit out at the trend is Union minister Maneka Gandhi.

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Updated:April 8, 2017, 2:43 PM IST
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Eve-teasing Passes for Romance in Our Movies, Says Maneka Gandhi
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New Delhi: Boy chases girl. Girl says no. Boy keeps chasing girl. She eventually says yes. This sequence of events is called romance in some Indian movies. Elsewhere, it is sexual harassment and stalking.

And the latest to hit out at the trend is Union minister Maneka Gandhi. Speaking at a 'Beti Bachao Beti Padhao' programme in Goa, Gandhi said, “Romance in almost every film stars with eve-teasing, be it Hindi or regional film.”

“The actor would be mean to the girl, would trip her around, would eve-tease her and finally she falls for him. Feature films for the past 50 years have been a strong medium of communication and this is how we present women through it,” she said at the event.

Speaking at the event, Maneka added that the campaign to save girl child has failed in Jammu and Kashmir as "bringing daughters into the world" is the last thing on the minds of people living in conflict-prone areas.

It also came a cropper in Bihar due to local administrative issues, she said at an advertising festival event here.



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