Whose fault is it when a man gropes or takes inappropriate pictures of women minding their own business? Should the woman be blamed for not dressing “appropriately” or should the man be held responsible for the disgusting act because he is a pervert?
People on the internet are asking similar questions, and have divided opinions on the subject matter after an incident of a Malaysian man clicking pictures of an unsuspecting woman’s chest has come to light.
A video posted on local Malaysian news website Durian KopiO's Facebook page shows a man on a public bus in Sarawak clicking pictures of a woman’s chest while she is fast asleep. He then goes on to scroll through the recently captured photos, while remaining oblivious to the fact that someone is filming him from behind.
The video has gained more than 600,000 views as internet users pour in their opinions about the incident.
While some people are blaming the female for not wearing “loose enough” clothes, others are of the viewpoint that being covered from head to toe doesn’t stop a woman from being sexually harassed.
"Instead of teaching women to cover themselves up, why not teach men to act decently?" one person wrote.
This treatment is nothing new for women, who face daily threats of sexual harassment and rape, and then are blamed for the perpetrator's actions. In most cases, the assaulter is not held responsible for their perverted actions, and the woman is blamed for not being “modest enough.”
Just recently, a man on a bus in Jakarta caressed a woman’s thighs while seated beside her. But when the case was reported to the police, officers didn’t label the case as one of sexual assault. Instead they claimed that the woman was wearing long pants, and that the man’s inappropriate acts would have only been classified as sexual harassment if the female was wearing a miniskirt.
“If he had grabbed her breasts or genitals or if he had shown his genitalia then that would be harassment. That’s not what happened. He just touched her thigh and she was wearing trousers. Unless she’s wearing a skirt, and he opened her thighs and grabbed her, that would be harassment,” an officer handling the case shamelessly stated.