How should masti and mazaak be defined?"Boys will be boys".
"Ladke masti hi karenge, aur kya karenge?" (boys will do such fun, what else?)
"Thoda mazaak karenge hi, woh to ladke hein." (some fun they will do, naturally, they are, after all, boys.)
These are remarks made when eve-teasing, molestation and rape is reported. These are inappropriate remarks made not necessarily by politicians, but also, as reported in the media, by the school management where such incidents occur.
Isn't it appalling that cases of eve-teasing, molestation and rape are laughingly dismissed in this manner as being just "fun"? Why is it, as implied in the statements, that it is a "given" behavioural trait or characteristic activity of a boy?
Enough is enough! Whether it is a passing touch, feeling up, fondling, teasing comments, or physical attack - it is NOT fun or funny; it is neither masti nor mazzak; and it definitely is NOT to be considered as a 'normal' and 'appropriate' for boys/men to do.
When a little girl comes home crying, reporting a boy fondled her on the school bus, parents should take it seriously. When a student shares a horrid experience with her school counsellor or mentions it to a teacher or directly to the Principal, it should be taken seriously. Don't be dismissive, that it was just a typical 'boy thing to do'. Instead, register a formal complaint and take stern action against the offender(s). The more dismissive we are, the bolder the boys/men become. Don't defend them and their actions, ever.