New Delhi. After NCW chief and an MP Minister asked women not to dress provocatively to avoid molestation or sexual attack, some women groups have asked molesters to dress appropriately so that women can choose if they should dress flamboyantly or modestly.
“Women will dress according to the situation and surroundings, fair enough, but they should at least know what the situation or surrounding is in reality,” Deepika, a women’s rights activist told Faking News.
Deepika said that women will keep a saari or veil handy, and would cover their “inappropriate” dresses, such as miniskirt or one-piece suits, the moment they see a man who gets “provoked” just by the sight of such dresses.
“You don’t wear helmet when walking in a garden, do you? So why should we wear modest dresses if we are sure that we are surrounded by men who are not potential molesters?” Deepika argued.
“We are ready to adopt a dress code, but the molesters should also have a dress code,” she demanded.
Deepika got support from many activists, men and women included, who justified the demand of having a dress code for potential molesters.
“Molesters in Guwahati were least bothered that they were being videotaped, while the molested girl was hiding her face. This shows that molesters have no problem being identified in public, so they may as well wear a dress that alerts women,” argued a man who didn’t want to be identified.
“There could be a law that awards capital punishment to the molester if he’s not wearing appropriate dress, while he should be tried under regular laws if he was following the dress code,” an activist proposed.
The proposal has been widely welcomed but the appropriate dress code for molesters has still not been decided. Sources suggest that some activists thought that molesters should dress like Dushasan, the Mahabharata character who disrobed Draupadi, but the idea was later dropped.
“Dushasan didn’t have any special dress. We saw some episodes of Mahabharata and his dress was similar to those won by other characters,” Deepika informed.
“It wouldn’t have made any difference; even now we can’t differentiate between molesters and other men,” she added.
Unconfirmed reports suggest that a consensus is emerging around dresses worn by Bollywood actor Shakti Kapoor in some movies, which could become the formal dress code for potential molesters.
Rights group hope that the government will pass a law and impose the chosen dress the same way dress code is imposed upon women in different regions of the country.
“If Naari Shakti (women empowerment) is not the solution, let this Shakti be the solution,” a rights activist said.