Captain of the Indian National Women’s Cricket Team Mithali Raj unintentionally caused a flurry on Twitter when she posted a throwback picture online. She uploaded the image and tagged it as “#tb #PostShootSelfie #funtimes #girlstakeover” Several started commenting negatively on the picture they labeled as ‘inappropriate,’ when scores of Mithali’s fans came to her defense.
In the picture, which is a selfie, Mithali can be seen posing in a sleeveless top with a few other women one can assume are either her friends or relatives. While there is nothing wrong with the photograph, overzealous critics seem to have taken objection to her attire, going to the lengths of even asking her to take down the picture.
It didn’t take long for the barrage of Tweets that came from her supporters who asked the critics to leave her alone. Mithali’s fans pointed out that what she wore is her decision and that there is nothing indecent about the picture, asking opposers to change their mindset instead. Several took the opportunity to give a sound thrashing to these critics who try to impose their moral perspective on the women in India. Supporters asked them to leave the women in the country alone to dress and live as they please.
Mithali Raj has been in the news recently for all the right reasons. Her brave captaincy of the national side all the way to the ICC World Cup Women’s final earned her much admiration. It also catapulted the women’s team in the spotlight and gave them the well-deserved praise long overdue. She even voiced her opinion that this was the best time for there to be a female version of the insanely popular Indian Premier League.
It is disheartening, to say the least, when people comment on what a woman wears and try to decide what’s best for her. If a famous personality like Mithali Raj wasn’t spared the unnecessary criticism, can ordinary women expect any kind of fair treatment? India has struggled with the delicate issue of moral policing with political undertones for a long time now. It is time the Government took some form of action against the perpetrators of physical and verbal abuse under the guise of moral policing.
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