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Ayushi Agarwal

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Smriti Irani: Indian Women Are Not Dictated What To Wear & Whom To Meet. Seriously? LOL

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  •  November 21, 2015


As a young-adult, you would think I have the liberty to do absolutely anything I wish to. Party hard till the sun comes up, return home in the middle of the night, sleep throughout the day, have brownies for breakfast & various other cool stuff like that. You’d think. But, you’re very wrong.

Smriti Irani, our HRD minister, has somewhat tangled notions about this concept.

While interacting with New York-based journalist Tina Brown at an event in Delhi, she said: “In India, I don’t think any woman here is dictated what to wear, how to wear, whom to meet, when to meet… I am of the opinion, I don’t think anybody is dictated here, you are not told.”

In return, she faced the ire of the audience she was addressing, who immediately protested against this comment.

However, Irani went ahead and retorted: “Are you told? I am sorry. I am not. My apologies ladies.”

The protests, obviously, were meant to draw Irani’s attention to a major flaw in her argument as far as women’s issues in India are concerned. A staggering number of women face sexual and other forms of violence every day. Thousands of women don’t enjoy the liberty to work as they please in India; and young underage girls are still married off before they reach adolescence even. And these are among the many curbs that India places on women’s freedoms every day. In light of this situation, Irani’s comments may have seemed short-sighted to the audience.

Trying to justify her remarks, Irani said that she did not come from a celebrated family but an absolutely lower middle class family which let her determine her own future.

The minister, however, admitted that there were challenges which everyone has to face.

Is Irani trying to prove that she’s ignorant or that she lives on a secluded island, unaware of what the real world looks like?

I hope it’s the latter. It would make more sense!

Source: The Huffington Post

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