Bengaluru: Moral policing - Man questions and harasses woman for wearing shorts


Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (MS) 

Bengaluru, Oct 6: In an incident of moral policing that occurred at the HSR Layout in the city, a couple man and woman who were walking were stopped by a passerby and questioned on the kind of dress the woman was wearing. 

In the video, the passerby is saying, "You must follow Indian rules. Please wear proper clothes." In reply, the man who has shot the video, who is annoyed by the passerby, can be seen questioning the moral policing. He says, "I know the constitution. Do you know the constitution? We have the freedom to wear whatever we want."

 

This incident took place on the night of Thursday and is uploaded on the Facebook. The unknown stranger harassed the 28-year-old techie woman originally from Mumbai. The woman, a resident of HSR Layout was shopping with her boyfriend at around 10 pm on the night of Thursday. When both of them were returning home on their two-wheeler, they were stopped by an unknown person, who was also riding another scooter. 

Giving details to the media, the woman, who wants to remain anonymous said, "I was riding pillion with my boyfriend and suddenly heard someone shouting at me. When I turned to see, a man on a two-wheeler was yelling at me. He said, "Don't you have any clothes at home?" When I asked him what the issue he has with my dress, he said that being an Indian woman I must not wear such clothes. I do not know what the issue was as I was wearing shorts and T-shirt." 

The boyfriend of the girl, who also resides in HSR Layout asked the stranger to get off his bike and started shooting the video on his camera. When the passerby came to know that the whole conversation was being filmed, he lowered his voice but kept on saying that being an Indian girl she should not wear such clothes and that it is 'Indian Rules'. The boyfriend of the girl said to the stranger that he has no right to tell them what to wear as they are free to choose. 

The stranger was pestering the woman to change her clothes, probably thinking that the couple will be scared. When the woman said that she will file a complaint with the police, the stranger sped away from the spot. 

The woman thought of not filing the complaint with the police because she thinks that even the police have the same mindset and they will also tell her the same thing. 

Similar incidents of moral policing have taken in the city earlier also. In the month of May, a couple, who was having joyride in the night on their two-wheeler was waylaid by four men and questioned. When the boy, Kiran Kumar, said that it is none of their business, the gang attacked him and hit his head with a stone and molested the girl. 

The students of Christ College had complained in the month of March to DCP Usha Pant that the women police officers were also doing moral policing on them in the locality near their college.

  

Comment on this article

  • Pakodawala, Mangaluru

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    Dhoti, panche, mundu, kasti, komana is typically indian!

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  • Mathew, Udupi

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    The idiot was asking the girl to follow Indian rules. What rules? He himself is in western outfit. Hypocrisy ki bhi seema hoti hai

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  • tds, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    Is he working overtime?

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  • gm, Mlur

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    Why don't people mind their own business? Blaming others for everything.

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  • Harish Hegde, Mangalore/Aramco

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    En-counter him, We have a vast population of these type of character so no regret...

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  • Dsouza, Bejai

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    Oh he means real Indian clothes means just few ornaments covering organs... That's how our ancient Indian women used to cover themselves... Check out for ancient Indian sculptures on the walls of temples... It was the foreigners who invented sewing machine and they used to wear long gowns and blouses. Very bad... We must not use any stitched clothing it is against pure Indian culture..

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    There is no point in blaming this man for questioning the dress of a woman and harassing her. When a Harvard University Educated person who was a minister had garlanded lynchers after their release from Jail, itself makes it feel that all is going wrong in this country. Till April, 2014 nobody spoke about women's dress but now it is happening.

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  • Hariprasad, Mulki

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    Why won't these idiots mind their own business - have a shot of Arac and hit the bed - why do they make it their business to watch over others? so we may watch over them????
    I would advise him to "MIND HIS OWN BUSINESS and BUG OFF"

    This fellow need to learn how to live and get along in the modern society - EDUCATION MATTERS!

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  • Santosh, Bangalore

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    I appreciate the brave couple for not being cowed down by the diktats of a non entity. The girl's parents / family know what is best. This AH has no moral or legal l right to question a stranger, he should mind his own business. If it has caused him any mental fatigue, he can clothe the thousands of bare bodied people living in acute poverty on Indian streets. Indian culture as far as dress code is concerned is being half or fully nude, see the Sadhus or temple Priest's who only have a cloth covering their crown Jewel's.

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  • VISHUKIRAN FERNANDES, Kalasa

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    Those who do moral policing are the same people who behave immorally and harass women and couples. Who gave them the right to question others. Why is then law for? These are saddist people who dont achieve anything in life and become jeolous when others are happy and also pull down others because they cant tolerate others' success

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  • Howdy, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    If anybody has any issues with her dress then they should file a complain in police station and then the law will take its own course without encountering the accused in any way as that may lead to a greater offence. Moral Police are not legal authority by law to interfere or to advice or to punish or to exercise any judiciary powers over anyone.

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  • Well Wisher, Bangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    Achhhaa.....!!

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Atlanta

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    This is Precisely why tourists prefer Goa & Kerala ...

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  • James, Belman

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    As per the constitution every person has the right to wear his or her choice. That doesn't mean we expose those body parts which need to be covered on the grounds of modesty.

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  • VISHUKIRAN FERNANDES, Kalasa

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    Make animals and birds also wear clothes because they are also naked. Modesty is expressed on how you see others and not on how people have worn cloths

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    Some eccentric persons are there in our society who interfere unnecessarily and poke their dirty nose on others affairs. after al who they are? Better they insist such things dress code etc. at heir house not outside. In this case he better go to ready made and other fashion shops and stop them to stitch such modern dresses. Funny people. Such moral policing should be stopped.

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  • JNB, Bejai,Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    He doesn't looks like morale police , I saw entire video conversation yesterday.
    He was kindly!Humbly requesting t wear decent Indian style dress where important things could be covered.
    *Actually hidden things increase the face value !

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  • Nihaal Hussain, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    Yes, tomorrow he will tell you very kindly as well how to behave, what to wear, whom to follow.
    Your regressive thoughts are what need to be covered, honestly. Please don't dirty the society with them.

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  • JNB, Beja,Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    Will you justify the dress she wore if someone your own wearing the same at 10PM in public.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    Come on Sir, her own boyfriend was there who did not object. though I believe he doesn't have any right to object!!

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  • Howdy, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    Go and see in Saudi Arabia now how the country is changing according to the change in times yet within the law and morality. Oh you can not see????!!!!.

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  • Wilfy Dothor, mumbai

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    If someone has requested the lady to wear appropriate dress, it should not be taken as an offence. He too has freedom of expression.

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  • Howdy, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    Nobody has right to question others on personal matters. Everybody has rights but not at the expense of others rights and respect for others rights too at the same time. Existence of moral police itself is illegal and the people supporting behind them are criminals with power.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    Wilfy Dotor mumbai, he has the freedom to express if a girl or woman s dress is appropriate suppose it is her husband or parents.A other person has no authority to ask even she dress is not satisfactory.why should a outsider question during driving?and on road.?Her friend is there to see .Why should poke nose in others affair?Because certain communities or persons are doing in other countrys this one also wants to try or if possible to harass?he should have been pulled out of his scooter and taught a lesson.why ran then when others came?

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  • Alwyn, Canada

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    Freedom Expression of what? He himself is not wearing indian clothes so what right his got to tell another person to wear India cloth. What is India n cloth? Is there any list? Leaves or go naked? Early days there were no clothes. Hide with leaves of your body. People preach others but with out any knowledge of what they say and do. It is a totally wrong for disrupting other life.

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  • gm, Mlur

    Mon, Oct 7 2019

    I don't think even his wife will also agree with him.

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  • Antonio DSilva, Kuwait

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    "You must follow Indian rules. Please wear proper clothes."

    Imagine if 1/4th of the Indian population begins to interpret and implement INDIAN RULES as per their own whims and fancy what a heavenly place India will be to live and at the present rate things are moving it is bound to happen.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    There is no clear cut line between demureness and vulgarity. When you do not have that clarity, you can not decide what is modesty or what is vulgar.
    I think the line varies as per society. In countries where women are covered from top to toe, a mere exposure of ankle can arouse a man and is considered vulgar. Here in India bare thorax of a man is not vulgar at all, but of a women is, and considered vulgar.
    I infer that the level of exposure of a woman which can arouse a man is considered to be vulgar. Poor moral police lost his control when he saw the woman's legs!!!

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  • JNB, Bejai,Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    Legs doesn't make much difference but thighs makes a lot lot difference which they don't understand.
    *What is the point in showing thighs to publice, what makes it difference if another couple inches made longer!

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    That is exactly my point. For some, exposure of legs is the threshold for an arousal, for some thighs.
    My point is do not make your arousal threshold the line of dignity for women.

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  • Charles D'Mello, Pangala

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    For you everything makes a difference...!!!!!!????

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  • Well Wisher, Bangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    It's an true fact nobody wants there womenfolk from family on shorts but in regard to others YES. Change your mentality. Wear decent clothes. Latter on dont blame if unwanted things happen.

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  • Nihaal Hussain, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    "Unwanted things" have happened with women covered from head to toe and with little children too. What do you have to say about that? Please stop blaming the victim!

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  • Deva, Pilar

    Sun, Oct 6 2019

    Why don't they join the Army to Protect us other side..............................

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