When the dance bar bill got debated in the house some of us had been present to listen to the debate. This is what we witnessed:
- Isha Koppikar. she is an atom bomb, attttom bomb.
- chutiyas, bhadwas.
- these women who dance naked, they don't deserve any sympathy.
- these women loot men and destroy their houses.
- these women who are opposing the ban, we will make their mothers dance.
These seem like statements from some sleazy dialogue that roadside taporis indulge in.
Very sadly, these are statements made by our people's representatives on the floor of the house in the Vidhan Sabha. This was the third last day of the monsoon session. The contempt that was shown to all women in this session was appalling. The last comment is on all women's groups who had opposed the ban. What we have produced here is only a sample. Throughout the discussion, across party lines, the elected members made such comments while ostensibly passing a bill to protect women's dignity!
One representative narrated an incident of his friend's daughter who had committed suicide because she did not get a job. He said it was more dignified to commit suicide than dance in bars. The house applauded. ...
As women's organisations of Maharashtra, we are extremely angered by the insensitivity and anti-women statements and atmosphere in the house. The undercurrent of the comments and discussions was pornographic and obscene and was greeted with laughter and sniggering by the predominantly male House. So much for protecting the Constitutional mandate of protecting the dignity of women.
Women are more than 50% of the voters of this state. The utter disregard to the feelings and dignity of women exhibited by our so-called representatives is disgusting and needs total condemnation.
Signed by: Forum Against Oppression of Women, Majlis, Awaaz-E-Niswan, Akshara, India Centre for Human Rights and Law, Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes, LABIA