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Moral Police ladies and gentlemen!

January 28, 2009

A few priceless moments first,from our not so distant past,truly glorious ones these!!

1) Sania Mirza Controversy

Reason? Wearing short skirts

Sania’s response:-”Sania Mirza finally broke her enforced silence on the controversy over her on-court attire, which was slammed by hardline Muslim leaders saying, “What I do at home, what I wear, is no one else’s business”.
“How does it matter whether my skirt is six feet long or six inches,” Sania said at the ‘Hindustan Times Leadership Summit’ on Wednesday. ” YOU GO GIRL!!

Support albeit late from some muslim leaders Please note that they arrived at this momentous decision after having discussed the issue at length at a meeting and then decided that Sania should be left alone. If you are thinking that they have nothing better to do,you are absolutely right…
but nevertheless the first time these ‘leaders’ came out against some stupid fatwa..

2) Khushboo Controversy

Reason?The actress was accused of outraging public decency by claiming that a modern man should not “expect his bride to be a virgin” had sparked demonstrations across southern India.

In both cases, however, the outrage had not been spontaneous but orchestrated by groups intent on using famous faces to publicise their cause.

However, the Khushboo controversy does highlight India’s inability to hold frank public discussion on sex.
Nevertheless, a recent survey by India Today magazine found that in 11 major cities 25 per cent of Indian women aged 18-30 admitted to having sex before marriage. Quoted from The Telegraph/strong>>

Whether or not a woman decides to stay a virgin or not is nobody’s business but her own.

Spectacle Of Bigotry The Khushboo imbroglio symbolises the lethal trend of political parties using cultural bigotry to achieve electoral ends. The attempt to curb free speech needs to be nipped now.

3) And this is what happened at CEPT,Ahemadabad,While beating up students they were telling the girls that `tum log Jhansi ki Rani ho, Madonna mat bano.’ But in the same breath they were calling us sluts, threatening us that the next time they spoke to us it would be from very close quarters.”

4) Remember the MS university incident at Vadodara citing some offensive paintings?

Coming down heavily on ‘moral policing’ that caused disturbances in the MS University on May 9, 2007, over the alleged ‘obscene’ art issue, the report of a fact finding committee set up by Governor Naval Kishore Sharma warns that the country would be left with mediocres in academics and professional institutions if no immediate steps are taken to check moral policing.

5) Other incidents of ‘moral policing’….Attack on Star News Office

6) Wait!There’s more!THIS is what happened in MEERUT,the job of the Meerut Police on this day was not to nab criminals,dacoits and such(cosidering how crime infested Meerut really is)no,their JOB was to nab and beat couples and drag them to the police stations.It even had a name,Operation Majnu!’

Operation Manju’ emerges from the same mindset that orders the shutting down of dance bars in Mumbai, or rules that couples dancing in a Chennai hotel are guilty of gross moral impropriety.

It comes from the same instinct that drives the Shiv Sena to tear down Valentine’s Day posters and the PMK to throw eggs at Kushboo for her plain speaking. In fact, the actions of the Meerut’s police are just one remove away from the pre-modern barbarism that marks panchayat justice.

7) Remember Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s statement ?The lipstick powder one?

While the BJP as usual was trying to distance itself from its mirror image…(people with similar ideologies join a party,do they not?)

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy, in an attempt to distance the party from Naqvi’s comments, said, “These are Naqvi’s personal views and the party had nothing to do with it.”
BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley had also reacted cautiously to the statement, saying that everybody had the right to protest in a democracy, but the language used should be more dignified.

Here’s what Ram Madhav, RSS spokesperson had to say ,”BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi’s remark may sound politically incorrect but there was merit in the point raised by him.”

8) Now let’s come to the recent incident,the Mangalore Pub incident as it is known
The Congress,condemned the incident of course using it to point out how the BJP states were failing miserably.It said the incident was not an isolated case of law and order problem but reflected a philosophy of divisiveness and intolerance of religion and caste being propagated in the Bharatiya Janata Party ruled and supported States.

Briefing reporters here, party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said this philosophy was manifested earlier in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and now in Karnataka.
Here’s what the All India Mahila Congress had to say,”If the Sri Ram Sene felt anything objectionable then they should have informed the local police.”

Please note the underlying certainty that there indeed was something ‘Objectionable’ going on.

Now let’s move on to the BJP. AS with the Congress,the BJP too you see condemns it,unequivocally at that. There that should do the trick.

The first thing one has to do in politics is condemn everything in sight.That is the golden rule you see.

The BJP’s condemnation was deemed atleast better by the media than the RSS statement
Ram Madhav (Yes,our friend from before!Remember him?) had on Monday qualified his condemnation of the hooliganism and moral policing by by saying that pub culture was “alien to Indian ethos”.

Critics said his statement — that what was needed was “public education and not public violence” — suggested that RSS only differed with the SRS’s methods but had no quarrel with its Taliban-like objectives.

Now as of today evening,Rama Sena chief Muthalik has apologised for the Mangalore attack.
Apologised how? Let us see…

“Their method was wrong. I apologise for that. It should not have happened. But it was done to save our daughters and mothers from an alien culture,” said Ram Muthalik.

Suffice to say that what one feels like doing to him at this moment is not worth mentioning.

Oh!and did I mention that the same guy who had owned up responsibility for the attacks by ringing up a news channel is now busy denying them..

IF I come across as rather incoherent ,let me assure you I am not….Everything stems from this patriarchal atitude of viewing women as commodities….it is now in the blood of the Indian Men,from the north to the south and in between…(Yes,I know not all of them….some are a pride to have!like the ones who right here on the blogosphere are fighting for whats right)
Moral Policing/sexual harassment/that innocous term called eve teasing/then taking the bigger and horrific form of rape

In India, a woman is reported to be sexually harassed every 51 minutes, but hardly a few hundred cases get reported. According to the State Crime Records Bureau figures, in Kerala, just five cases of eve-teasing were reported in 1991. The number had risen to 71 in 1997. And it was 75 in 2000.
Male perceptions of behaviour are often internalised by women. They not only doubt the validity of their experience but also begin to believe that they must be indecent and deserving the violence. “No one has the right to decide my morality. Morality is entirely subjective,” says Anu John.
Women don’t file cases for fear of retaliation or being ridiculed by society.
Attempts are made to turn the victim into a wrong doer by slander against her morals and character.
They are made to feel guilty of having provoked the harassment.
The implication being that men will be men and it’s not only natural for them to indulge in such behaviour; it’s even okay.
The onus of `right conduct’ is conveniently passed on to the women

Everyone’s angry…evryone’s livid…the question is how to move forward taking this anger with us and using it to teach such B******** ”custodians’of culture a lesson…

Ultimately,it is not about religion at all,nor is it about sanskriti and sabhyata or the culture brigade….

It all boils down to this one thing..

WOMEN and how to dominate/molest/rape/terrorize/subjugate/suppress/add an adjective of your choice..the women of the country….
Whether its muslims,hindus or any other..the objective is always this..

Because somehow in some weird twisted corners of their minds,women=honour and izzat…

What do we do?
As IHM says,and quite rightly there should be an immediate BAN on all such parties who wreak havoc,they should be treated as criminals and nothing less.

In the event of ANY organisation commiting such hooliganism,the head of the party should also be held accountable and guilty.

The State /Central government should be held accountable for any such incident taking place in their jurisdiction.

Those responsible should be slapped with a lifetime ban ,preventing them from EVER contesting elections…(far fetched dream?)

Individuals affected should recieve compensation for mental and physical trauma caused due to incompetence of the police force not to mention their impotence as well as the inability of the respective state/central government to provide them with security.

The seniormost police official responsible for that particular area where such an incident takes place should be suspended with immediate effect.

Before signing off, let me give you an example of what does/could HAPPEN in countries where women’s rights are nil…
READ THIS.Even though this piece is satirical,this gives a moment to ponder on…This is what we are in for ladies and gentlemen…
Talibanisation is nothing compared to this….
This is RSSisation/VHPisation whatever you want to call it….

To quote from this debate here
The Khushboo controversy stems out of a society so deeply imbued in patriarchal doctrines that it forgets basic human rights.

It is the consequence of a society where men assume ‘natural’ dominance over women, and this norm is constantly preached in the name of tradition and culture.

Women may have found economic stability and independence but the basic ideologies about womanhood continue to be pretty much the same and what is even more poignant and disturbing is that we women have internalised these oppressive social norms and values.

Women still cannot exercise the kind of social freedom that men enjoy and yet when anyone tries to question these values, society curbs their freedom of expression.

This episode throws light on the fact that a woman’s true emancipation can occur not only by economic independence but also with a change in ideologies and norms prescribed for women.

Therefore, it is essential that women strive not just towards economic independence but also towards social liberation, which allows them the same rights as men.

Every woman is entitled to freedom of choice and that is her basic right as a human being.

All of these incidents are about ‘moral policing’ which in itself is a pathetic and disgusting thing……but why is ‘Moral Policing’ ALWAYS about WOMEN??

AND Pawan Shetty!This cheer is for you!:)May your tribe increase!

And Saad , has come up with another one of his brilliant ideas on where next the Moral Police might and indeed may pounce!
Do check out Fly You Fools Here!

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. Ajit permalink
    January 28, 2009 8:36 am

    good one Indyeah…. 🙂
    hard hitting but true….

  2. Ajit permalink
    January 28, 2009 8:37 am

    and i believe that Kushboo should have never apologized to the stupid party for her remarks…..

  3. freespirit permalink
    January 28, 2009 9:16 am

    You’ve said it more coherently than most others! Have linked you. 🙂

  4. Solilo permalink
    January 28, 2009 10:36 am

    Unanimous vote that all fanatics should be behind bars and such parties needs to be banned.

    But will it happen? Past incidents makes you cynical.

  5. shail permalink
    January 28, 2009 3:32 pm

    “It all boils down to this one thing..

    WOMEN and how to dominate/molest/rape/terrorize/subjugate/suppress/add an adjective of your choice..the women of the country….
    Whether its muslims,hindus or any other..the objective is always this..”

    How absolutely true!! Sad but true. Your post says it all.

  6. Vinod_Sharma permalink
    January 28, 2009 3:55 pm

    The journalist in you is also surfacing. Good work to weave together the complex picture and present it with logic and passion.

  7. @lankr1ta permalink
    January 28, 2009 4:19 pm

    Would it not be much cheaper for them to blindfold themselves- cheaper and more effective too and crank up Ram/Krishna/Om chants on their ipods.

  8. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    January 28, 2009 6:20 pm

    Your superb post here truly brings out how some sections of our society continue to be backward in their thinking. Unfortunately, it is the political parties who fuel the extreme beliefs of these people to react violently with a view to gain free publicity on national media. You are right also about why single out women for their crusades? Perhaps because those who live in the past centuries cannot face the truth of the progressive females of the current age. Kudos to bring out how widespread and deep this really is!

  9. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    January 28, 2009 6:20 pm

    Your superb post here truly brings out how some sections of our society continue to be backward in their thinking. Unfortunately, it is the political parties who fuel the extreme beliefs of these people to react violently with a view to gain free publicity on national media. You are right also about why single out women for their crusades? Perhaps because those who live in the past centuries cannot face the truth of the progressive females of the current age. Kudos to bring out how widespread and deep this really is!

  10. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    January 28, 2009 6:20 pm

    Your superb post here truly brings out how some sections of our society continue to be backward in their thinking. Unfortunately, it is the political parties who fuel the extreme beliefs of these people to react violently with a view to gain free publicity on national media. You are right also about why single out women for their crusades? Perhaps because those who live in the past centuries cannot face the truth of the progressive females of the current age. Kudos to bring out how widespread and deep this really is!

  11. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    January 28, 2009 6:20 pm

    Your superb post here truly brings out how some sections of our society continue to be backward in their thinking. Unfortunately, it is the political parties who fuel the extreme beliefs of these people to react violently with a view to gain free publicity on national media. You are right also about why single out women for their crusades? Perhaps because those who live in the past centuries cannot face the truth of the progressive females of the current age. Kudos to bring out how widespread and deep this really is!

  12. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    January 28, 2009 6:20 pm

    Your superb post here truly brings out how some sections of our society continue to be backward in their thinking. Unfortunately, it is the political parties who fuel the extreme beliefs of these people to react violently with a view to gain free publicity on national media. You are right also about why single out women for their crusades? Perhaps because those who live in the past centuries cannot face the truth of the progressive females of the current age. Kudos to bring out how widespread and deep this really is!

  13. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    January 28, 2009 6:20 pm

    Your superb post here truly brings out how some sections of our society continue to be backward in their thinking. Unfortunately, it is the political parties who fuel the extreme beliefs of these people to react violently with a view to gain free publicity on national media. You are right also about why single out women for their crusades? Perhaps because those who live in the past centuries cannot face the truth of the progressive females of the current age. Kudos to bring out how widespread and deep this really is!

  14. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    January 28, 2009 6:20 pm

    Your superb post here truly brings out how some sections of our society continue to be backward in their thinking. Unfortunately, it is the political parties who fuel the extreme beliefs of these people to react violently with a view to gain free publicity on national media. You are right also about why single out women for their crusades? Perhaps because those who live in the past centuries cannot face the truth of the progressive females of the current age. Kudos to bring out how widespread and deep this really is!

  15. hitch writer permalink
    January 28, 2009 7:03 pm

    Ditto with Ajit. Khusboo should never have bowed to the mob.

    Similarly Amitabh should never have apologised.

    If these big social figures will apologise, imagine what an ordinary citizen do in face of such pressure from a mob.

    Its time to take a leaf out of Sania’s book and tell these sena’s and sangh’s and fatwa issuer’s … “Mind your own business”

    If these perverts actually think they have too much adrenaline pumping send them to the LOC and tell them to get as much action as they want. Send them when another 26/11 happens before sending any commando in.

    These muthalik’s, raj thakreys, praveen togadia etc need to be jailed they are most dangerous to the idea of a democratic and secular India.

  16. Fly, You Fools Comics permalink
    January 28, 2009 7:10 pm

    Well said! And a good collection of Moral Policing incidents. I recently published a comic around the same idea. It’s at: http://www.flyyoufools.com/morality-and-google-ads

    Hope you like it enough to include it in your post. I’ll post a link to this post on that too.

  17. Indyeah permalink
    January 28, 2009 7:58 pm

    Ajit:-Thanks…yes,I believe so too…but I am pretty sure they must have made her life hell threatening calls and other threats…not everyone can stand the pressure….but I really wanted her to…

    Freespirit:-Thanks…It was only after reading yours through IHM’s that I completed mine…:)
    keep writing..

    Solilo:-This is the problem Solilo..all parties,all reigions suffer from this disease….past record shows that this has become just another routine incident….in the limelight for a few days and then forgotten…..and NO ONE has been punished till date..

    Shail:-This is the problem EXACTLY..these are B*******who think women are here to serve them…this is in the mindset of INdia…doesnt matter which religion ‘they’ belong to…all women are treated EQUALLY in this you see…
    I really wish they could be hunted like animals and shot….

  18. Indyeah permalink
    January 28, 2009 8:14 pm

    Vinod Sir:-Thank you…it just left me disgusted to realize that there’s such a clear pattern…no matter which part of the country we talk about…this mindset has now pervaded all of them…and noone has been punished until now,,in ANY of the cases..

    @lankrita:- I assume you are talking of those animals…yes,one really wishes one could infact do it…blindfold the B******* and tell them to chant the mantras and the religion that they know nothing of….or maybe they have memorized a few glorious paras of the Manusmriti?
    they don’t deserve to be called men and definitely not Indians..
    They deserve to rot in hell

    Gopinath’s Artickles:-”Perhaps because those who live in the past centuries cannot face the truth of the progressive females of the current age. ” You hit the nail on the head…this is the reason…while the women are progressing by leaps and bounds…these animals are at a loss…not understanding whats happening,still stuck in a feudal,patriarchal past…and all of them are either in politics or religion ….or they get into it…a very dangerous combination….
    Thank you for your words…

    Hitchwriter:-you are right you know…specially when you say ,”If these big social figures will apologise, imagine what an ordinary citizen do in face of such pressure from a mob. ”
    But you know even Sania has kind of given up…what with one controversy after another….she got really fed up and has since refused to play in India…on Indian soil…
    That says a lot doesnt it?

    ”These muthalik’s, raj thakreys, praveen togadia etc need to be jailed they are most dangerous to the idea of a democratic and secular India”yes,these animals are the biggest threat to democracy..they think democracy means whtever THEY want to do…

    They really need to be put behind bars….

    Fly You Fools:-Thank you…I have seen most of your comics and I do think they are really good..will definitely include it..off now to your comic..:)

  19. Indian Home Maker permalink
    January 28, 2009 8:47 pm

    Brilliant. Those who are defending the act (yes there are some!) should read this. This is how it happens and I am not very optimistic because I heard Karnataka CM announcing he condemns, NO NOT THE VIOLENCE AND THE MOLESTING AND ATTACKS, but the Pub Culture.

  20. Chirag permalink
    January 28, 2009 10:32 pm

    Indyeah

    @ Sania Mirza Controversy, Reason? Wearing short skirts
    We have too much free time as Indians, so we can’t fight for important issues so we measure people’s dresses.

    @Khushboo
    I am at loss here as I have never understood the point of this I mean, seriously WTF! Who was outraged exactly! What happened to ‘Right to Freedom of Expression and Choice’

    …………….I aahhaa too much anguish and anger. What the point of this, I mean…oh fuck it….

    Moral Police Who are you, did we ask you to save us? Guys come one get a life, will you.

  21. Indyeah permalink
    January 28, 2009 11:33 pm

    Indian Home Maker:_Thanks IHM!Yes,I read those opinions and was sickened….what absolute crap!!Their true colours come out in this kind of a situation…all these leaders are the same Chauvinists of the first order!
    One really wishes they all could be put in a lunatic asylum forever…

    Everyone’s jumping in ..KArnataka CM,Rajasthan Cm ,CPI,you name it…bloody B******..even women’s wing of the Congress and BJP11

    Chirag:-Yes,one doesnt have words!It is so disgusting its beyond words!exactly these people do not have a life to speak of!losers in every way possible and hence the frustration and delusions of power!

  22. Usha Pisharody permalink
    January 29, 2009 1:08 am

    Not incoherent at all! But beautifully put across the history, the recent history of it all!

    You know what, Lok Sabha Poll time is going to be fairly soon, isn’t it? So each party, no matter which one, is mumbling all the right words, because they are not really sure who will be required to scratch whose back, it it comes to a hung session! And so:

    “Please note the underlying certainty that there indeed was something ‘Objectionable’ going on.”

    While everyone condemns what happened in Mangalore, they are being very very cautious in the way they say it!

    Very very fine post, Meg. Keep going! We need to be stirred out of our own selves!

  23. Indyeah permalink
    January 29, 2009 1:28 am

    Usha Pisharody:-Thank you..:)and the ‘Meg’ each time touches a special chord..:)

    and this is soo true..:(
    ”You know what, Lok Sabha Poll time is going to be fairly soon, isn’t it? So each party, no matter which one, is mumbling all the right words, because they are not really sure who will be required to scratch whose back, it it comes to a hung session! ”
    No one has the sheer guts to take on criticism and speak up for whats right…:(

    We will keep writing …all of us…so that when we learn :)with kids or have kids we won’t forget!And you already are doing such a fine job of it..:)

  24. Amjad Khan permalink
    January 30, 2009 11:21 pm

    A.w.e.s.o.m.e!
    The Mangalore incident was real sad. VHPization/BJPization/Talibanization, they are all the same. Sadness.

  25. Indyeah permalink
    January 31, 2009 11:16 pm

    Amjad Khan:-Thank you so much:) and welcome to the blog!
    They are all different sides to the same coin(?)Pathetic at best,impotent with no logic behind their ‘ideas’.A bunch of hooligans is what they are.and they should be treated like one.

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