Tribune Web Desk
Chandigarh, October 6
“You must follow Indian rules. Please wear proper clothes,” a man can be heard screaming at a young woman in a two-minute video, which has gone viral on all social media platforms.
In another case of moral policing, a young woman was harassed for wearing shorts. At the time of the incident, the woman was riding pillion on a bike with her boyfriend, when a stranger stopped and harassed her for “not following Indian rules”.
“Don’t you have any other clothes at home?” the man continued to yell at the woman.
The incident took place at Bengaluru’s HSR Layout on Thursday night.
“You must follow Indian rules. Please wear proper clothes,” the man yelled at the 28-year-old techie from Mumbai. The entire scene was recorded on camera by her boyfriend, who later shared it on Facebook.
In the video, the angry boyfriend can be heard saying: “I know the Constitution? Do you know the Constitution? We have the freedom to wear whatever we want”.
The young woman told The News Minute: “I heard someone yelling. I was riding pillion and I looked to my right side. There was a man on a two-wheeler, who began yelling at me and said, ‘Don’t you have any clothes at home?' When I asked him what his problem is, he began yelling at me, saying that Indian women must not wear ‘such’ clothes. I was wearing shorts and T-shirt. I don’t see what the problem is."
“My boyfriend began questioning him and when the man realised that we were shooting the whole thing, he lowered his voice and became polite. But he kept telling me that I must not wear such clothes and follow ‘Indian rules’. My boyfriend yelled back; he told him that 'we are free to choose what we wear and he has no right to tell me what to wear,” she added.
The woman said that the man allegedly kept telling her to change her clothes. “Maybe he expected us to be scared. I also told him that I would go to the police. That’s when he fled,” she said.
She said that she wanted to file a police complaint but strongly feels that the police would not support her. “Even the police have the same mindset. If I went to them, they would probably ask me to wear other clothes too, so I did not file a complaint,” she said.
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