Turns out Mutalik has now become a representational symbol for all that needs to be corrected and despite the success of the infamous Pink Chaddi Campaign, everyone seems to be questioning the merit of it.
Sagarika Ghose apart, why give them additional publicity and air time when all they are doing is just a cry for that anyway, is the general opinion. But are we going after Shri Ram Sene with more urgency than that cop in Chandigarh because of their famed name?
It is also true that none of the women (as far as I know) filed complaints against Mutalik and there is another story there which wasn’t covered by the media. The story about bar girls and changing loyalties and locals getting in and giving those women a piece of their mind amidst this protest against India’s famed culture.
So not only is the media biased.. but we are too. Not giving anyone else a chance? I personally don’t like the BJP and am the first to lump all similar heathens with them.. whether they are khaki-clad old men or strange never-heard-of-before-but-share apparently similar ideologies. Was this about the right to freedom or was it about the freedom of women? One that seems to really in danger these days.
If only about freedom, why are we not up in arms against all those landlords who don’t give houses to single girls in cities but will let 12 boys live together because boys together, really what can they do to the fibre of India’s society? And when you talk in greater detail to any landlord, he will mention he doesn’t really mind giving the house to single girls but hates getting involved with the police!! What does that mean? Any time girl/girls live alone, the police gets involved?
Women are still given grief, whichever the city, to get a house. The implied suggestions of brothels and orgies are taken mutely. Character certificates are demanded and even provided. Parents are called and, in some cases, marriage certificates also produced.
Then when you read the comments in this post, you realize that whatever happens it’s always the woman who is blamed – her outfit, her friends, her profession, her character and her very existence.
No Pink chaddis will cure this mentality.