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This is dedicated to all the gym-going, brawny and cool dudes in Bangalore :
‘Moral police’ seem to be on the prowl again on Bangalore’s streets. This time the target was a man – for wearing sleeveless tees!
Advocate and activist Jagdeesh B.N. was attacked Sunday by five people, on Millers Road in the heart of the city, apparently for wearing a sleeveless t-shirt.
Right or wrong they might be; but in this big bad world where everyone is subconsciously sexist at some level, the ‘moral police’ have shown us the way by being righteous and non-sexist men of honour. Sleeves off to them.
Continuing on the series of attacks on the rights of other people, a hitherto unknown Sri Rama Sena acted as a moral brigade (and I must say got right into the skin of the character. Take that Aamir.) and attacked hapless victims at a pub in Mangalore.
Speaking with CNN-IBN from Maharashtra, Muthalik defended his organisation and said it was not a big issue and that the media was blowing it out of proportion.
“It’s a small incident and we were only working against obscenity in public. You are not talking about the issue, which is obscenity and inappropriate behaviour,” he said.
Muthalik – who was also the Karnataka Chief of the Shiv Sena but parted ways with them over the Belgaum border issue – also said Ram Sena was a non-profit organisation and its objective was to “serve the society and prevent bad begaviour”. (sic)
I am sure there are going to be quite a few takers for the “working against obscenity in public” reason. But like I mentioned in a previous post here, this was private property and trespassing might just be one of the lesser crimes they committed.
The National Commission for Women has been very vocal against this incident and so has anyone who is tired of the self-proclaimed moral brigades.
But the issue here again is a fundamental right. The right to freedom. It is ironical that the one right we fought hardest to attain is the one we are blatantly deprived of.
P.S. : In case you want to say anything about the issue, I would appreciate if the crux is spoken about in your comment. And the crux cannot be how they were dressed. Firstly, because they were on private property and they were not in any way invading any right of any other individual.