By: Keyur Seta
Badminton player P V Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik have managed to save the face of the country at the ongoing Rio Olympics 2016 by winning a Silver and Bronze medal respectively. They came to India’s rescue when its medal tally was 0.
But what makes their feat more special is that it has come at a time when people from our political class and people from some ‘social’ organizations have been openly endorsing sexist views. So, in my opinion, they have defeated these bigots in such a way that now they have no place to hide their faces.
Just like the list of winners, here is a list of losers (quite literally) and the statements that ensured their rise to fame (read: shame).
“A girl should be married off after she turns 18. By the time they turn 25, they become so mature that they don’t listen to anyone… Girls’ feet are not on the ground due to education. Is it necessary for a girl to be adamant and run after her career? People talk about men-women equality. But is it possible to hide the weakness provided by nature?” – A leader of the group DURGA VAHINI (an arm of Vishwa Hindu Parishad)
(Watch from 3:50 onwards)
“Women’s duty is to carry out household chores.” – MOHAN BHAGWAT, RSS Chief
“If you want freedom, why don’t they just roam around naked? Freedom has to be limited. These short clothes are western influences. Our country’s tradition asks girls to dress decently.” – MANOHAR LAL KHATTAR, Chief Minister of Haryana
“Women should dress in a way that earns them respect.” – KAILASH VIJAYVARGIYA, National General Secretary, BJP
“Girls night out is against Indian culture.” – MAHESH SHARMA, India’s Culture (???) Minister
“A girl should go out either with her husband or brother.” – ABU AZMI, Samajwadi Party Maharashtra President
(Feel free to add more if you come across any)
P V SINDHU Interview