A 22-years-old student in Kolkata said that she was allegedly attacked, abused and jostled around by a group of men merely because she was wearing shorts. Long back, a member of BJP, Suden Dhavalikar had stated that women visiting pubs wearing short skirts is against our culture.
Recently, the Chandigarh administration has announced the the decision of banning short skirts in discotheques because apparently it is a ‘breeding ground for anti-national elements.’
Not only will the bars in Chandigarh close down by midnight instead of 2 am, but also – a policy called the ‘Controlling of Places of Public Amusement, 2016’ – states that ‘indecency’ or ‘scantily dressed women’ can bring the shutter down at any discotheque.
The bar owners may also be denied permission to run if they exhibit or promote ‘scantily dressed women’ and ‘indecency’ or if it is ‘seditious
The committee has decided that they may refuse permission to bar owners to run in case of “exhibition or advertisement of scantily dressed women” and “indecency” or if it is “seditious and likely to excite political discontent.”
But who can define these? No one can define a ‘scantily dressed’ woman or ‘indecency’ or what ‘seditious’ is supposed to mean in this context.
People on Twitter have said that this rule is absurd and ridiculous. And indeed, it is. What I wear is not the reason behind a perverse society. These ludicrous rules and twisted minds are what make up our perverse society.
And who knows, one fine day we might just wake up and find out that ultimately, women have been banned from India. Funny thought, but I won’t be surprised.