You must be wondering what the 14-seconds rule is all about. Well, we have no idea either. The only person who seems to have an idea about this is Kerala Excise Commissioner Rishiraj Singh.
At a public gathering recently, he opined that if a man is found staring at a woman for more than 14 seconds, a case can be filed against him. While we can only hope that Singh by now knows that no such law exists in the country, social media has been abuzz with the bizarre statement made by the bureaucrat.
Surprisingly, this is not the first time that the ‘14-seconds’ figure has been quoted by a figure of authority. In 2013, a survey by Wall Street Journal of Delhi cops had three people, including a woman investigator, responding with the same curious 14-second measure. Author and personal development consultant Mark Manson, who has a guide to what eye contact down to even 1/4th of a second can mean, believes that if undesired, anything longer than 3 seconds is a “creep stare”.
We personally think that pegging the time of 14 seconds is too generous for a stare to become problematic. More so when somebody’s intentions become clear and the other person can easily get uncomfortable within the first few, say 5 seconds. See! Another figure to chew on!
Here’s some of the funniest replies to Mr. Singh’s CERN-approved time-limit to being a creep:
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