Even if Poonam does not run naked, she should be punished?

Model Poonam Pandey’s plan to strip if India beat Sri Lanka Saturday has angered the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) women’s wing which has sought police action against her.

“Indian women are revered and respected since time immemorial…”

How exactly do we show this reverence to women? Please do compare this to how we show respect to everybody else.

Can threats be called ‘respect’?

I have so much respect for you; don’t ask to eat with the rest of the family. Your happiness lies in seeing us enjoy the food you cook.”  Is that respect?

So basically,

If you disagree we can’t respect you.

Don’t try to give your point of view, we won’t be able to respect you…

Little girls earn this respect by respecting the fact that they are always second to their brothers. “What’s wrong with that, don’t they love their brothers?

It’s more like a Terror of Respect.

Do as you are told or else we will not ‘respect’ you.

Dress only the way we permit or else…

Don’t choose your life partner or else…

Let your husband and his family abuse you, or else…

Give us a male heir or else…

Don’t enter the temple, you are impure…

And worst,

Don’t complain if you were sexually harassed, molested or abused or else no respect.

So, when it comes to women, it seems respect is more a means to control than a privilege.

I would say the only kind of respect that matters is the respect we have for ourselves. Or Respect that is given in return of respectequal and mutual. All other forms of reverence and respect are not too far from ‘honor’ and ‘honor killing’ or honor related abetted suicides.

Kelkar objected to Poonam ‘sullying the image of Indian women before the whole world.’ (Read Bhagwad’s objections to granting Poonam such powers)

Another man thinks her actions can sully the name of his caste. So obviously this lawyer believes there are no Brahmin rapists, child abusers  and murderers? Or these crimes don’t insult Indian culture?

“Even if Poonam does not run naked, she should be punished as she not only gave a wrong impression of the (Brahmin) community but insulted Indian culture,” The case will be heard April 5. (Today)

We live in an India where some people can legally express their arrogant, sexist and casteist opinions and offend my democratic and tolerant sentiments. I find it difficult to understand or ‘respect’ such frivolous objections. Are they doing this for free publicity? In a country where rape victims have to wait for years for justice, aren’t such cases a waste of time and resources?

Thankfully we are a civilized, democratic society. Poonam Pandey, Rakhi Sawant and Mallika Sherawat are generally free to ignore these opinions or react (if required) through a civilized, legal process.  No stoning. No anti-blasphemy laws.

And that is something I respect about my country. 🙂

Women who value the respect they have for themselves more than the respect of every wannbe politician, publicity seeker, neighour’s third cousin etc are able to fight back.

Sraboney shared this video where this Pakistani actor Veena Mallik is fighting back against similar allegations. Makes me wonder if hypocrites are the same everywhere.

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52 thoughts on “Even if Poonam does not run naked, she should be punished?

  1. IHM This is a case of publicity hungry objectors, trying to gain newsbytes over a publicity stunt that this model successfully carried out. And yes, women are terrorized and coerced, just to keep them suppressed and completely dominated.

    Me – Exactly what I feel!

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  2. Words, words, words. Anybody can say anything. I believe in free speech. Unless her speech causes actual, physical harm (yelling “fire” in a crowded theatre or inciting to murder), just let it be.

    I will go farther. OK, I am a Canadian, not an Indian. but I say, if the lady wants to strip, let her strip. What will she do other make a public spectacle of herself where everyone can see her as a cheap fool with neither dignity nor self-respect.

    As my husband, with his unique command of the English language says, “She lowers her dignities because she is not self-esteemed.”

    Me – I feel she is no worse and no better than so many other publicity seekers, including these politicians who are using her to make statements.

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    • What she wants or intends is not nearly as interesting as the reactions of the upholders of “tradition”, I feel. Her statements are valuable in how they expose the naked hostility to women’s agency towards their own bodies…

      Me – Completely agree.

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  3. Of course she must be punished!
    Who does she think she is? Expose her shameful shameful body in celebration! What a huge violation of Indian tradition…
    Only men have the right to deicde when to strip a woman and parade her through the streets and she should kill herself from the utter humiliation, not celebrate it!
    /snark

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    • About human body being shameful – Bhagwad has posted about the same thing.
      I personally feel even if they don’t like what she is doing, how come this has offended so many people so much more than sexual harassment and stripping, that women face everyday.

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      • I guess stripping = punishment in these people’s minds.
        If you do it yourself, you are undermining their power to punish!
        Same hostility towards physical relationships – when “tu toh kahin ki nahin rahi” loses its power, what do the shamers do?

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  4. Don’t you think thats what she wanted, a blog post, a facebook note or a tweet, just to appear in the next season of Biggg Bosss?

    Poonam Pandey runs naked, does it even make sense? :O

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  5. The “respect” shown to Indian women is given when she quietly does what she’s told to do and silently puts up with unequal treatment. Only then is she “dignified.”

    So naturally some politicians want to preserve the “dignity” of the Indian woman!

    Me – How we have redefined dignity and respect!

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    • It’s weird, isn’t it? The minute you point out how Indian culture doesn’t respect women, people jump up and say “Yes, we do respect women!” Their idea of respect is technically disrespect and unfair treatment.

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  6. Dear IHM,

    u have a knack for picking up the most relvant topics everytime!

    I sometimes feel, that our women are themselves responsible for this state of affairs and the treatment metted out to them. No, i am not saying that they invite trouble, but what i am saying is that, why care?
    GO ahead, do what you feel is right, and fight for it.

    SOunds simple, but i know, in a hypocritic nation such as ours, it is v diff.

    Me – She will have to go to a court in Bhopal now it seems!

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    • Well, people have every right to file frivolous lawsuits, it is up to the courts to discourage them. They should throw out the case and fine the people who filed it for wasting the time of the court.

      me – Yes true, but I hope this does happen, like in the cases against Khushboo (actor).

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  7. yea.. apparently respect means control!! 🙄

    I don’t have much to say about Poonam Panday either!
    But, the comments on the article are ridiculous!
    And I loved Veena Mallik’s interview… she has spoken really well! and it was kind of sad as well as to how badly they have targeted her…

    Me – Pixie I feel, Poonam and the politicians and the lawyers who are attacking her are all the same. It is sad that these lawyers don’t spend this much time fighting against crimes against women.

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    • I feel there is some scope for nuance between these two groups of popularity seekers – Poonam is subverting social mores to incite cheap thrill seekers, which she has every right to do, since she is talking about herself .
      The others however, are reinforcing the power of the patriarchy by enforcing the goddess (indian woman on a pedestal) – whore (not worthy of respect) dichotomy, and they are talking about control over someone else
      There is a difference between the two, in terms of basic human rights.

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  8. dear IHM

    i was probably expecting a more resounding morcha against miss PP, BJP i must say have shown controlled aggression 😛 …… when they speak of respect and reverence to women, they have failed at the very onset when during elections they come out with their hai hai slogans against Sonia Gandhi. I dont understand where these touts are hiding when in many remote villages women are paraded naked as punishments for some petty crimes etc. On the part of miss PP – she is hogging the limelight for something which she bleated on twitter, come to think of it, had it not been for twitter no one would even care of what she says ….. u remember in earlier years how fans stormed cricket pitch in the buff attempting some cheap publicity and gimmicks – this is exactly the same thing in modern age …. when at times twitter acts as a catalyst, sometimes it is also the fuel which makes mountains out of mole hills …

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  9. I agree with everything you’ve said about the discourse surrounding Poonam and her non-existent streak and what it reveals about the Indian mindset. However, I am extremely disappointed that she didn’t just go ahead and do it, like Protima Bedi did so many years ago. THEN she may have meant something. This entire ‘controversy’ is about nothing but empty talk, and it’s boring. Poonam got what she wanted through manipulation, not through action. Very clever, whatever. The right wingers got another excuse to speechify. Win-win.

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  10. I wonder if there’s a way we could get together and file a case against them. We should also publicise more widely the sentiments you’ve expressed. The hypocrisy and misogyny should be publicly and vigorously condemned.

    me – People like these have plenty of support. Many Indians – including Indian women will see Ms Pandey’s actions as a more serious crime than a rape or murder 😦 I don’t think they give it much thought… I am sure anybody who thought about it would see the hypocrisy in this.

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  11. Her body, her way of showing her happiness…. who are we to object? Poonam Pandey is an adult and she has her freedom of ‘expression’.

    Yes, let her not do it in a school, but in the players’ dressing room? Between them and her. I think we should save media space for more important things like the 3G scam and Dr.Binayak Sen. oh, and the interests of ALL the women in India who are being subjected to intolerance and subjugation.

    Its not the first instance of stripping. Soccer has always enjoyed its big share of flashing.

    Me – True. Also Protima Bedi like Asavari pointed out!

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    • If she REALLY wanted to strip, she would have done it by now. She wanted free publicity! That is all. Simple and clear. Till yesterday, nobody had even heard her name. Today, every one who knows a crap about cricket also knows about her! I find it ridiculously disgusting, that someone can resort to such cheap publicity stunts.

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      • Nothing disgusting about it. They marketed the concept really well and now all of India know her name! The idea was brilliantly executed!

        Whether she actually strips or not is a different matter. If she will, I am sure people will pay good money to buy the first issue of the magazine or website where the photos turn up (or wait for the free websites to get their copies). Either way her popularity will only go up from here.

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  12. This will make a lot of people angry what I am going to write
    But this is what I keep saying women. Now some smart ass politicians took it to be a good way to hog limelight.
    Worse things are happening no one gives a damn
    Moreover is it not one of the fundamental rights to what this pandey girl does. Free country and all.

    Bjp is known for such things always.
    I totally agree with you so many things happen ah well I can bet millions of women will be supporting the bjp though and
    VOTE KE LIYE KUCH BHI KAREGA.

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  13. I am not sure I got the drift of this post- Are we talking about punishment or respect?

    Talking about Punishment, there is a law against public stripping & obscene behavior in the country and it apply equally to a male or female if they indulge in the kind of behavior. So someone filing a case against her is a perfectly justified legal procedure and why do you have an issue with law taking its own course or someone going to the courts against her?

    Coming to the respect bit, I don’t see why on earth Poonam Pandey deserves my respect. I mean what difference she has made to the country, to people around or being pure selfish even to me that I should respect her. She is a model and I am indifferent to her, her recent statements to go full monty is something I don’t agree to and something I don’t respect. Now I don’t expect Poonam Pandey to die because I don’t respect her nor should she expect me to respect her for whatever she is doing?

    So what exactly is your point?

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    • I am not sure I got the drift of this post- Are we talking about punishment or respect?

      me – This post is about Indian hypocrisy and opportunism.

      Talking about Punishment, there is a law against public stripping & obscene behavior in the country and it apply equally to a male or female if they indulge in the kind of behavior. So someone filing a case against her is a perfectly justified legal procedure and why do you have an issue with law taking its own course or someone going to the courts against her?

      me – Quoting from my post,
      “Thankfully we are a civilized, democratic society. Poonam Pandey, Rakhi Sawant and Mallika Sherawat are generally free to ignore these opinions or react (if required) through a civilized, legal process. No stoning. No anti-blasphemy laws.

      And that is something I respect about my country.”

      Coming to the respect bit, I don’t see why on earth Poonam Pandey deserves my respect. I mean what difference she has made to the country, to people around or being pure selfish even to me that I should respect her.
      Me – I am sure our respect for her will not make much difference to her life and even if she were to donate half her earnings to a blind school, many of us will sue her if she strips.
      But so long as we don’t encroach on her fundamental rights, it’s perfectly fine for us to have your opinions and ‘disrespect’.

      She is a model and I am indifferent to her, her recent statements to go full monty is something I don’t agree to and something I don’t respect. Now I don’t expect Poonam Pandey to die because I don’t respect her nor should she expect me to respect her for whatever she is doing?

      me – Fair enough.

      So what exactly is your point?

      me – That women needn’t care for ‘respect’ that they are offered in exchange of their Freedom and Self Respect, as in “Do as you are told, or else we won’t respect you”.
      That the respect that they have for themselves is important.
      So is the right to read the small print when someone offers them ‘respect’ because the fact is “Indians ‘Respect’ Women: Conditions Apply.” This is like blackmail. This respect can be ‘lost’ by gossip, an MMS, a broken engagement, a pair of jeans, being molested etc and it can even cost an Indian woman her life.Those women who learn to ignore this pressure to ‘seek’ and ‘earn’ every neighbour’s third cousin’s ‘respect’ are able to live happier lives.

      And not to miss the caste and culture angle. Need I elaborate?

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      • “That women needn’t care for ‘respect’ that they are offered in exchange of their Freedom and Self Respect, as in “Do as you are told, or else we won’t respect you”.
        That the respect that they have for themselves is important.”

        Thats exactly what am I saying and how does it matters when anyone else says anything about respecting them or not respecting them for 1001 reasons. The women don’t need to really care- Thats what I am saying the blogpost is missing the point. If you don’t really care the blogpost is irrelevant and if you actually care and it matters the blogpost is not true 🙂

        me – I didn’t get your point. Women and men like the ones I have quoted, believe women in India are ‘respected’ and I disagree with them on several basis, including their idea of respect. Why do you think is the blogpost irrelevant?

        Prats this lawyer has filed a case against her for damaging Indian culture etc, Khushboo has been through similar harassment earlier.

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  14. aah…respect at the cost of women’s lives sometimes … the word respect needs a new definition when it comes to women , especially Indian women.

    And this poonam whoever she is , has created a wave in the seas of fools and many more fools are riding it…just that . No less no more.

    I feel more concerned about filing cases for such incidents or ‘allegedly objectionable behaviors ‘ …don’t you think it is like molesting the law agencies … while so many more genuinely serious cases need more time of the courts ..

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  15. I shall not comment on Poonam pandey, because its clearly a publicity stunt, but that apart I think BJP has lost its nuts and bolts.
    Instead of making comments on a unknown model, whose only claim to fame is her world cup announcement (and kingfisher calendar I believe) they should study the latest Census results carefully. Stop women from running naked, or emphasing on Indian women and their respectful status will not increase the child sex ratio of this nation which is only becoming worse.
    And as far respect goes, well you said the best way – “I have so much respect for you; don’t ask to eat with the rest of the family. Your happiness lies in seeing us enjoy the food you cook.” Is that respect?

    Me – “emphasing on Indian women and their respectful status will not increase the child sex ratio” And I feel the sex ratio is the biggest, clearest indication of the ‘respect’ women have in our society.

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  16. Sigh! They are all a bunch of cheapos!!! One model is hungry for publicity, so she ‘announces’ she is going to strip. If she REALLY wanted to strip, she would have just done in after the India-Pak match last Wednesday. All she wanted was publicity!!!

    Now for the Moral police. They ignore all the poor victims of rape and harassment, and they choose to focus their energies on this sort of rubbish!! They too, are hungry for publicity.

    And for the Media, Whoa!! What a lot of TRPs at one shot. They can talk simultaneously about the various contradictory aspects of morality, culture, freedom, about women’s liberation, and they can hold a Big Fight about this! All in all, a couple of day’s worth ‘Breaking news’ Items!

    Finally, for the public, what else can we ‘culturally advanced’ people want, better than free entertainment!! We don’t care if she strips or not. But the excitement it generates from all quarters of our society is just good enough. We will lap up any crap!

    (As for the real issue, of whether this crazy model needs to be punished or not, I think I will only say we should try to dissuade her from doing something so ridiculous, but have no right to punish her. Our roads and dark alleys are pretty full of perverts who strip and show their organ to poor unsuspecting girls who are taking a walk! If we do want to punish people who are being vulgar and ‘immoral’ then let us start with such perverts).

    me – Well said Pal!! “Our roads and dark alleys are pretty full of perverts who strip and show their organ to poor unsuspecting girls who are taking a walk! If we do want to punish people who are being vulgar and ‘immoral’ then let us start with such perverts”

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  17. Sullying Indian culture? I’m sorry? What culture are we talking about?

    Is this the same culture which has a several thousand year old history of nudity and erotic imagery? Is this the same culture where temple sculptures depict kings, queens and commoners, openly performing sexual acts, all completely in the nude apart from jewellery? Is this the same culture where the nude female body was once considered as the embodiment and pinnacle of procreation? Is this the same culture from which the Classical Greeks partly derived the idea of a naked human body as art?

    What Indian culture are the BJP talking about?
    The “Indian culture” that they refer to has nothing truly “Indian” about it, aligned as it is with the ideas of Victorian morality and the puritanical doctrines of the Abrahamic religion, which promoted the idea of nudity being shameful in the first place, and which pushed the act of sexual union into little nooks and crannies of human existence. It’s the ultimate irony that while the Western world has moved on, our own “leaders” insist on shoving archaic and patently European ideas down our collective oesophagus, and that these ideas are branded “Indian culture”, all in an attempt to appease the misogynists who have become used to ruling over women and dominate our society today by sheer weight of numbers.

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    • Oooh! You said it PT. Very well put! It is exactly what it is. While I would not say Indian culture was not ever misogynistic, the notions of “Indian culture” that is touted by the right wingers is basically Victorian notions of morality imposed on us by the Brits or imbibed by us from them. But it works since that has been quite steeped into our collective subconscious.

      Me – That’s the biggest joke, the two cultures they claim to hate – the Victorian Prudery (West) and the Taliban – they have so much in common with both. Imagine how well they will get along with Sarah Palin 😉

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    • Totally agree, PT. It’s amazing how the older generation (at least my parents and their friends) have no idea where these so-called “Indian values” come from. Indians are quick to label white people “sex crazed” when it was the British that instilled these values in the first place.

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  18. Poonam or perhaps her publicity agents played their cards well. They knew extremists in India would react to this and that this would lead to even greater media coverage!

    Now if only she was actually good looking! Well you never know, cosmetic surgery can do wonders. She may become the future Aishwarya Rai.

    Me – She seems to doing quite well with the looks she has. She has modeled for Kingfisher calender.

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  19. “Indian women are revered and respected since time immemorial…”

    I do not really see what reverence has to do with being naked in the first place … I see men wearing shorts, tight pants showing their willies, and bare-chested all the time in public. Should I pull a “Indian men have been respected and bull …” on them?

    The BJP has failed as a serious party, which was aptly shown by the thumping victory of the Congress in the last elections in SPITE of all the shady scams and nepotism to their name. I may be putting it simplistically, but I think they are simply trying to build up a voter base over non-issues for the next elections. And these BJP women make me want to throw stones at them. I still remember going duh! o_O when Sushma Swaraj asked for the day off from Parliament so she could fast for Karva Chauth!

    me – Brilliantly put Fem.

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  20. Whenever anyone objects to something saying that it is against Indian culture, I see red flags. It is usually always aimed at women who dress in anything but ethnic wear, go to pubs or marry a boy their parents don’t approve of! As per this logic, Indian culture is all about keeping women in the Dark Ages

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  21. Picked this from Bhagwad’s blog:

    “Indian women are revered and respected since time immemorial. We have a tradition of Sita, Draupadi, Jijamata, Queen of Jhansi, Tarabai Holkar, Savitri Phule, Ramabai Ambedkar, Sarojini Naidu, Indira Gandhi, Kalpana Chawla and many more…there are many other ways of celebrating India’s victory without sullying the image of Indian women before the whole world.

    A statement made by BJP mouth piece

    Strange way of respecting women 🙂

    Sita was tried by fire to prove her chastity and then abandoned when pregnant by lawfully wedded husband; Draupadi pawned in a chess game by her husbands and then almost strippped naked by her husbands’ male relatives. Wao what great examples of respect shown to women in our great culture and tradition…

    Peace,
    Desi Girl

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    • It’s even funnier that they mentioned the Queen of Jhansi, who was derided over and over by conservative types for going against the prevailing norms of feminine behaviour. If the BJP existed at the time, I can bet my hat that they would’ve been crying a river over how this woman was destroying “Indian culture” and dishonouring women.

      Me – 🙂 Absolutely true!

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  22. The question should not be raised if women should or should not be naked in public. The question should be raised (if one really *has* to raise it) as to why should “anyone” be naked in public?! Whether a man or woman, being naked in public, i feel is unnecessary. So the whole argument around how women are sacred, revered etc is pointless and hypocritical.
    I would put both, poonam pandey and the politicians opposing her in the same category: publicity hungry people who want to get noticed by being hypocritical.

    Me – Neha nudity is not legally permitted in India, and the purpose is (I hope!) to discourage ‘flashers’ and to ban stripping and parading of women – both still happen ofcourse. But Indians were not basically prudish, Indian women felt no shame in nursing their babies in public places, blouses are a western (British) concept – in fact wearing blouses was seen as a ‘modern’ idea, and older women disapproved of it.
    Places where women are NOT forced to cover up too much have lesser crimes against women – I guess because men get so used to seeing women as people that the sight of an inch of female skin doesn’t affect them.
    I have no for or against nudity – I feel it’s no big deal, her life, her wish. Protima Bedi did it decades ago -no idea if anybody protested.
    I feel whenever we see something as wrong, we should ask ‘who does it harm?’ – here nobody is forcing Poonam, so I would just ignore the whole thing.

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    • Actually, Neha, that is not the point at all.

      Why do you deem it unnecessary? She is a model, and this kind of publicity stunt would obviously be very beneficial for her career. If she thought it was unnecessary, she wouldn’t have done it!

      We cannot set definitions of necessity for others based on our own opinions. Who decides what is necessary? Are skimpily clad foreign dancers in Bollywood song-and-dance sequences necessary? Are cheerleaders necessary? Are cricket matches necessary? Are right-wing parties necessary?

      She is an adult and she has broken no laws. Therefore, she does not have to demonstrate the necessity of her actions.


      The two stances are absolutely not equivalent. Poonam Pandey, as an adult citizen of India, wants to exercise her right to freedom of expression, without encroaching upon anyone else’s rights. The BJP, a major political party of India, is using bullying tactics to try and impose their worldview upon everyone in the country, and are thereby encroaching upon individual rights. Certainly, one stance is worse than the other and I know which one that is.

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      • @PT: The reason I felt it was unnecessary, and hypocritical in this case was because she “claimed” it was not a publicity stunt, and she was doing it for the players. Wouldnt it have been better if she had just gone naked because it was good for her career? The reasons she gave, and the whole point of all this being just a ‘talk’ is what is what is hypocritical. While for me, both poonam and BJP are hypocritical (and I still dont grade hypocrisy in different levels), BJP is going a step further and acting upon their hypocrisy by threats and other means (which needs to be stopped).

        While I am neither pro nor anti nudity, I would just wish people to be honest and sincere in their actions and talk. If you want to do something, do it honestly, and not masquerading behind something. If you want to be naked, do it proudly and honestly, even if it is for publicity. But then in that case, be man enough to say it is for publicity!

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  23. I think I may actually respect Poonam Pandey. All she wanted was publicity, and now the entire nation is talking about her. What a brilliant campaign! She nows what the Indian public and media wants, and has played perfectly to the gallery.

    If she had actually stripped, she should be appearing in court, because there are laws in this country against people (men and women) going nude in public. But she hasn’t – it was just an empty threat (or ruse, if you prefer) – so why all the hoopla.

    And yes, of course, our revered politicians are much more bothered about respecting women in such a hypocritical fashion that doing anything to actually ensure that women in this country lead better lives. Actually, make that, anything to actually ensure that women in this country can even lead a life (looking at the child sex ratio numbers).

    me – Can the sex ratio ever improve if we keep talking about honor and respect instead of equality and freedom?

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  24. Men are hypocrites everywhere…Take a look at this video

    It’s by Pastor C.J. Mahaney…

    Some choice quotations:

    “Sometimes, when I see a girl provocatively dressed, I’ll say to myself, she probably doesn’t even know that a 101 guys are going to devour her in their minds today. But then again, maybe she does. To be honest, I don’t know the truth… I don’t know because I’ve never sat down with a girl and asked her why. All I need to know is that the way she presents herself to the world is bait for my sinful mind to latch onto and I need to avoid it at all costs.”

    “To the girls who are ignorant, please serve your brother and have your dad screen your wardrobe. Ask him how you can better choose holiness over worldliness. He’s a guy, and he knows more than you do on the issue.”

    So according to the great Pastor, Christian men don’t know how to stop thinking with their di***…

    I would rant but I need to go buy some minis and singlets…

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    • I pretty much agree with all the comments and the post. There’s not a whole lot I can add to the discussion. But it is interesting to see how something like this is being handled in a different culture. 🙂

      In regards to the video you linked.

      First of all, what’s proactive to one person is different for another person. Besides, the issue is a lot men assume that women dress a certain way for them and that’s simply not always the case.

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    • What such people don’t understand is that those who want to ‘devour women in their minds’ do so even if she is covered from head to toe. So the answer does not (and never has) lie in covering up women, but teaching men to be responsible for their own selves and not blame women or their ‘provocative’ dresses for what they do. It is not the dressing that invites provocation, it is the person and his mind that THINKS something is provocative.
      In places where people cover themselves from head to toe, even an ankle is supposed to be provocative. It would do well to remember there have been and there are societies where women go bare-chested without being thought of as provocative. So instead of blaming women for ‘provocation’ each man has to take responsibility for his own thoughts.

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  25. “Indian women are revered and respected since time immemorial…”

    First question, HOW? By banishing a pregnant woman to the forest perhaps?? And then calling her a Devi and worshiping her??
    Second question, SO?? How does that have anything to do with what Poonam Pandey has said?? Is she the representative of Indian womanhood??

    I won’t blame Poonam Pandey or her publicity stunt. But I certainly mind some fools talking about “revered Indian women, respected since time immemorial”. Like hell woman has been revered and respected! One of the “best” case I know of the reverence Indians had for the Indian woman is when the Queen no less was dragged into a court and tried to be disrobed with so called ‘respected’ elders looking on and none coming to her aid. What greater shame is there in our past than this?? The same story repeats itself in various ways in the present scenario especially when women are grabbed and groped in public places and the populace pretends it is not happening or even getting angry for it being brought to their notice.
    Personally, I reject outright this so called useless “reverence and respect” the Indians say they have for their women from ‘time immemorial”. If they stop this nonsense, and treat women merely as humans it would be a great start!

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