The newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Tirath Singh Rawat’s controversial comment about a woman wearing ripped jeans caused a stir across the country. Since then, many have taken to social media to criticize him for being sexist.
Women have long been judged for their clothes, most of the time, giving them their freedom to wear whatever they want in the name of “culture.” And more if the garment is considered a western import. Kangana Ranaut, for example, recently sued people for wearing “ripped American jeans and rags … that represent nothing to American marketing.”
Thank you tweet for ancient women who represented not only their individuality, but their entire civilization, cultures, and nations. Today, if those achievers are to be clicked on, they will all be wearing ripped American jeans and rags as blouses, representing nothing more than American marketing. pic.twitter.com/0k2yjUuF07
– Kangana Ranaut (@KanganaTeam) March 3, 2021
Such is the scope of moral vigilance that in 2017, a 14-year-old girl in Iran was beaten and detained for wearing ripped jeans, it reported. Independent. “There were two women and two men in a huge truck and they pushed us with the force of their beatings. His objection was to the ripped jeans we were wearing. There really were no other issues that concern my friends and me, “the teenager said according to the post.
St Xavier’s College in Mumbai also issued a circular in 2016, prohibiting students from wearing ripped jeans on campus, in addition to other types of clothing such as sleeveless tops or shirts, shorts or short skirts. The reason cited, however, was not for “indecency” but rather that the ripped jeans “made fun of the clothes that the poor are forced to wear,” said Agnelo Menezes, the then director. Hindustan Times. The announcement met a lot of resistance.
Within five years, netizens have once again taken it upon themselves to challenge the Uttarakhand Chief Minister’s comments, and even celebrities like Navya Naveli Nanda and Gul Panag reacted against him.
Meanwhile, people have also been posting photos of them in ripped jeans on social media. Have a look:
– Gul Panag (@GulPanag) March 17, 2021
Girls in ripped jeans want to get the message across that
Ripped jeans are cool unlike ragged rag.
– Urvish Kothari (@ urvish2020) March 17, 2021
– Jinnie (@ jinniegeorge11) March 17, 2021
– Greeshma Shukla🏹🚜 (@GreeshmaShukla) March 17, 2021