While the title of the movement/protest march sounds provocative it has served its purpose – getting media attention and tongues wagging.
In an Indian context, the Toronto cop’s advise to York University students on not dressing up like sluts to avoid attention has been said in perhaps not such abusive terms. Whether it has been the 4th estate, policy makers, those influencers – Bollywood/Kollywood/Tollywood and wormwood:people who are there to serve and protect, nearly every entity has at one point in time preached the modesty of virtue!!!
Yet, we as (Indian) society have decidedly kept mum. Centuries of conditioning has ensured that a vast majority of girls/women here evolve into docile, non-assertive, non-aggressive, submissive, non-questioning, non-thinking and a lot of other qualitative adjectives to become doormats, easily bought/exchanged.
We still live in a feudal society where a woman’s right is non-existent.
Women still prefer staying “married” to alcoholics, abusive, psychotic, bestial creatures, whom I shall not term as men, instead of walking away from such relationships with whatever shards of mental equilibrium, dignity and self respect they manage to hold on to.
All because society still treats a woman separated/divorced/single as pariah.
Urban society fortunately has changed with women in metros seemingly allowed their individuality. I thank my fortune for being born in a metro-esque setting till I walk down the street to have a stare follow me, till I see a woman fighting off a molester while a crowd enjoys the show, till I see women scurrying to their cars after catching a late night’s show…….