Do we have laws that prohibit men from displaying certain parts of their bodies or clothing, often with the intent to make women and little girls uncomfortable? Do you think Lungi, Mundu or Dhoti can be worn in ways that break such laws? If that does happen, how likely are women and children to object or report? Why or why not?
N shared the link and the message below.
We have noticed that many autorickshaw drivers wear the mundu folded and tied high up the waist. They also walk around with dhotis and lungis folded up, causing discomfort to women and families,” said Wayanad police chief A V George. “We have decided to strictly enforce the code for drivers of public transport vehicles in the motor vehicle act in the district, which would require all drivers to shift to khaki pants” He said those who refuse to fall in line will be fined….
“A majority of drivers, especially old men, are accustomed to wearing mundu and it is not easy for them to shift to pants. We fail to understand why the police are being overzealous.”
But many women welcomed the police move. “The way in which many auto drivers wear the mundu is annoying,” said Silja V P, a local resident. “Often we have to walk with our heads down through the auto stands, let alone travelling in the vehicle. The decision should be strictly implemented and auto drivers should cooperate with the authorities.”
Here’s what N has to say,
When I read news stories like ‘ban women from pub’, ‘women shouldn’t go out after 8’ etc, it makes me real furious. Now mundu is banned. We all raised a hue and cry when we read news of college administration banning jeans for girls.
During our regular discussion when this news cropped up, I found that I’m not as outraged as I should have been. Personally I find Mundu quite disgusting. For me it’s only popular because its easy to take off (aid for forced sex). Sorry for being crude.
Having born and brought up in Kerala, like most girls I too was subjected to indecent gestures like men suggestively lifting their mundus or wearing it so high up the hairy thighs that it made us want to puke. Most girls and women will have horror stories of men rubbing against them in buses or crowds. You can imagine mundu (made of ultra thin fabric) abetting in this.
But I have mixed feelings about the ban. I am happy, of course. But is it right?
I think they should have just said from now onwards khakhi shirt and pants is the uniform instead of banning them like that. Did they really expect traditional people to accept an out and out ban of a traditional wear like Mundu?
Or is there some other political agenda?
If mundu, lungi and dhoti are found weather appropriate then do men find it more difficult to deal with heat and humidity than women do? Also, do we have special laws supporting traditional clothing?