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Are sleeveless clothes indecent?

Delhi girls react to sleeveless clothes being deemed inappropriate in the court, say it’s high time people stop commenting on a woman’s choice of dressing

entertainment Updated: Sep 09, 2012 00:06 IST
Vaishali Bhambri
Vaishali Bhambri
Hindustan Times
women dressing,society,Hindustan Times

The recent incident of a journalist being denied entry into Bombay high court as she was wearing a sleeveless top has left Delhi girls angered. While the policemen refused entry to several visitors at the sesquicentennial anniversary of the court following a notification passed by the court in 2011, which stated that people dressed indecently shouldn’t be allowed inside, girls want to know who defines inappropriate dressing for women.

Owing to the weather of the city, most girls say that sleeveless attire is comfortable. “The weather of Delhi, especially in summer and during monsoon is so humid and sticky that sleeveless tops are one of the most common things that I wear to school. Calling sleeveless tops indecent is ridiculous,” says Sakshi Madan, 27, a school teacher.

“Well, I am not sure if one has to be in business formals to enter the court... but sleeveless clothes are definitely permitted. It’s your choice how to dress... and going sleeveless is far from indecent. The journalist didn’t do anything morally wrong,” says Mansa Rambabu, 23, a corporate.

“If such things become law in the country, then we should stop calling us a democratic country. This is very unfair for us,” says Garima Arora, 24, a call centre employee.

While some college students blame it on the society, others think it’s the wrong thinking of the lawmakers. “I am not advocating for sleeveless dress, it’s just that such a law exploits our freedom. Earlier, clothes were blamed for rape, now clothes will decide your entry into the court!” says Sana Ali, a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

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First Published: Sep 08, 2012 18:12 IST