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Gauhar Khan and crime against women: It's not short dress, but narrow mindset which needs to change

By Mukul
Google Oneindia News

In a shocking incident, a man from audience in a reality show slapped model and actor Gauhar Khan for her skimpy dress. Khan was slapped by an irate audience while former was hosting 'India's Raw Star', a reality show, at Film City in suburban Goregaon.

According to Aarey Colony police, an accused, identified as Mohammed Akil Mallick (24) threatened the model and said, "being a Muslim woman, you should not have worn such a short dress".

Mallick slapped and touched her inappropriately during the break of the show, but was immediately overpowered by the security guards deployed there, following which the police were notified.

Senior inspector at Aarey police station, Vilas Chavan, told that the accused was subsequently arrested and booked under IPC sections 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation).

Muslim women shouldn't wear short dress...
These days it has become a trend to act like moral police, even if their own record is not really impressive.

The accused in the case said that being a Muslim woman, model should remain in her limits. But who is he to say all these things, what to wear or what not to wear. Will he follow the same if the women directs him not to wear particular dress like jeans.

Actually, such people try to hide their own sin under the grab of such false pretexts. As per reports, this man even touched the model inappropriately and when he was caught red-handed, he slapped her and gave this weird reason.

Maulanas and Maulavis issue fatwa for women, forcing them to toe their line

Fatwas by Muslim clerics, the so called guardians of Muslim society, is a common affair and it is issued every second day.

Women face fatwa for talking on mobiles phones or doing jobs in MNCs. Sometimes these fatwas are most illogical one, like one issued by Dar-ul-Uloom of Deoband sometime back which ruled that a Muslim woman had to marry her father-in-law after being raped by him.

Yet another example of weird diktat by these guardians is that Muslim women must wear veil in office and should not talk to their male colleagues.

Illogical reason by Dharamgurus

On Sunday, the right-wing Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha demanded that a dress code be introduced in schools and colleges and mobile phones be banned on their premises "to check increasing obscenity".

Short dress Vs narrow mindset

"Vulgar clothes lead to incidents of rape. To curb increasing obscenity in society, a particular dress code should be introduced in schools and colleges.

"The attire should cover the body and not be indecent. Moreover girls should be banned from wearing tight jeans and tops," Vice President of Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (ABHM) Dharmapal Siwach told .

Why only women are expected to follow rules...boys are free of any such constraint

It is really ironical that women are always expected to follow rules and regulations, while boys are free to do anything. There is no such constraint on boys. They are never told what to do, what to wear and where to go.

In this particular case, the accused said that he slapped the model for being dressed inappropriately as he thought that her skimpy attire would leave a bad impression on the society and may also attract eve-teasers.

But, is a dress really responsible for such unfortunate incidents in our society?
They say, the western attire attracts predators but even a girl clad in suit salwar or a sarree faces such tortures. Not only this, even such cases of inhuman act have come to fore where a small girl child of 5 years and in one case even three month old baby was subjected to such cruel act.

Was this three month old baby was also dressed inappropraitely? What do we have to say on such cases?
Rape has nothing to do with the dresses. It is result of the perverted mindset of the boys in the patriarchal society. It is really shameful that in a country where women have made their mark in every walk of life, they are still crying for their dignity and respect.

Why always women have to pay for being a women? Why only restrictions on girls, why only questions for them, why always they are told how to behave in public place? Can we not do the same with boys rather than teaching girls about it?

If boys and girls are treated at par and parametres are set not only for girls but also for boys, then definitely such things can change or else such shameful incidents will continue to occur.

Need of the hour is to change our mindset towards women rather than telling them to change their dressing sense.

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