Women have always been subjected to backlash for their dress sense, be it a house wife, a film star, a college student or an accomplished sports personality.
From Priyanka Chopra to Sania Mirza, women have been objectified and trolled several times over on social media, for their dress preferences.
In the past, even cricketers like Irfan Pathan and Mohammed Shami were targeted for pictures they post with their wives.
Yet, this is probably the first time, even the Indian women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj wasn’t spared and was trolled incessantly by self appointed twitterati.
The so-called watch dogs of Indian culture found her latest selfie ‘indecent’ and trolled her for wearing a spaghetti top apparently dressing inappropriately.
While only a handful found the image ‘inappropriate’, her twitter handle was flooded with comments of her fans supporting her.
Pune365 decide to talk to Pune to get their take on the moral policing and the uninvited advice, women get on the way they dress..
Anuradda Banerjii: I think we need a paradigm shift in the way we perceive celebrities and their personal space. Being inspired, and motivated by eminent personalities is one thing, but constantly keeping a track of their life and judging them is breaching their privacy. Mithali, at the end of the day, is a common girl like us and no one apart from her has the right to choose the way she wants to dress or lead her life.
Roshan Gupta: I don’t think anybody has the right to tell others what to wear and what not to. It’s their choice. I pity the people who have such a weird mentality in this century. As there is freedom of choice, women should not restrict themselves. However, the point of discussion should be whether these people with such a sick mentality who comment on a woman’s dressing, sense should be restrained or not!
Sakina Godhrawala: I think these critics waste their time commenting on such harmless images that too of a female celebrity. Why don’t they have any opinion when Sourav Ganguly takes off his shirt in a crowded ground, or when male cricketers are seen practicing in their shorts? These cheap sexist remarks are limited to women only because they cannot digest the fact that women are now omnipresent and proving their metal in every possible field.
Gaurav Nanda: All these moral policing is because women have been living with old customs and restrictions for ages. But now times have changed. Women are equally capable of doing everything today as well as the men do. Men were free earlier and are today, and hence no one objects when they post images of them bare bodied etc. Actually, it is nothing but the customs and traditions that are blindly followed from decades, objectifying women that needs to change now. It’s high time !!
Priya Raheja: Freedom to choose what to wear and what not to, is not the issue according to me. These women have been targeted because they are accomplished in their fields and are going places. Such comments on social media platforms are posted just out of Jealousy and to demean them be it by a man, or a woman for that matter.
#All views expressed in this column are those of the individual respondents and Pune365 does not necessary subscribe to them.
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