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India has always been held accountable for its misogynist, patriarchal and sexist point of views. Over many years till date, the larger population of India have always questioned an empowered woman.
For such a society, women are meant to be confined within the four walls of their house. So when she pushes her boundaries to do what she wants, she is derided with dishonoring terms by the society.
The recent interview aired by one of India’s top-rated TV channel CNN-IBN puts forth this Indian mindset. In this interview, TV reporter Bhupendra Chaubey shamelessly disgraced the rising star Sunny Leone by asking her many derogatory questions. Bhupendra Chaubey, the leading reporter, questioned her “past”, her reputation and even falsely accused her of being the reason behind the rise of porn in India.
The video went viral catching the attention of thousands of people from around the country. Most of the people opposed the approach that this leading journalist took. But as expected, Bhupendra Chaubey had no regrets. His patriarchal mindset remained firm on the ground in spite of the controversies that arose.
In his blog, he still continues insulting Sunny Leone by saying he can’t watch her movies at home because his kids are around.
This mindset is not a new phenomenon. Many similar incidents have occurred earlier where reporters and politicians have made derogatory and sexist remarks about women. For instance, Outlook magazine — one of the leading Indian magazines— published an article in which they passed many sexist comments against the IAS officer Smita Sabharwal, calling her “eye candy” and more.
Many Indian Politicians have done the same and often worse. The ones who are supposedly meant to lead the country have gone about making statements such as
“Only women from the affluent classes can get ahead in life, but remember you rural women will never get a chance because you are not that attractive.”
This was a statement made by Mulayam Singh Yadav addressing a public rally in Barabanki.
Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam made a remark against BJP MP Smriti Irani saying
“It’s only four days of your entry into politics, and you have become a political analyst. Aap toh TV pe thumke lagati thi, aaj chunavi vishleshak ban gayi”
Sexism always prevailed in the country. Be it Bhupendra Chaubey or Mulayam Singh Yadav, the fact that they belong to an archaic generation explains why their thoughts are limiting, misogynist and irrational. The manner in which Bhupendra Chaubey defended his approach shows that his mentality is strongly rooted in patriarchal and sexist ideologies.
However, the fact that Sunny Leone’s interview went viral with millions of people supporting the actress shows that the new India no more tolerates such misogynist and patriarchal ideologies. The new India, fortunately, is moving ahead.