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A Journalist Gets Slut-Shamed By An Auto Driver

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Recently a Bengaluru-based journalist, Aishwarya Subramanian shared her shocking experience of getting slut-shamed by an auto driver who when dropped her at her location, started debating her about her dressing sense, saying that her clothes were inappropriate. Aishwarya’s post has gone viral all over the facebook and she is winning the support of many people.

aishwarya-2-696x379The society once again showed its patriarchal form and has made this journalist sad this time who was only commented on due to the choice of clothes she wanted to wear. Moreover, that auto driver’s words were already enough to deeply sadden her heart but then one of the men from the gathering also showed up in front and told her that the driver is speaking right.

We know that all this is really hard to believe but let us all hear it from the mouth of Aishwarya Subramanian herself:

aishwarya-696x364This man’s name is Srikanth. About five minutes ago I got out of his auto. The Metre was 40 but I asked him to keep 50 as it was hot outside. And then he looks at me for a second and says – “please don’t mind me but what you are wearing is inappropriate”. I stand there shocked. And then I tell him clearly that as long as I am paying he has no right to tell me what I can or cannot wear. Then he gets out of the auto to tell me why I shouldn’t be dressed like a slut (I am wearing a white summer dress that reaches my knee). A few men gather as I take pictures. One man who has gathered tells me that the auto driver is right. Apparently a girl who lives in a society like mine should be dressed more modestly and like a woman. I am about to start crying at this point. This is the first time I have been so publicly slut shamed. Thankfully two men who came from a junk food store I frequent and told the auto driver and the moral police that I get to wear what I want when I want. I walk away feeling shell shocked and ashamed. You want to know why we fight for our dignity? Because even the clothes we wear makes us sluts. What is the point in being a girl in this country anymore? I feel so embarrassed. My building’s guard was standing right there as these men called me a slut for wearing the clothes I wore. This is who I am. These are the clothes I wear. Everyone else can fuck off. Anyone can share this post. I am done feeling ashamed for being me.

Edit: Since there are those who think I posted this without this man’s consent (thereby insinuating that I am the one who’s publicly shaming someone). Here’s the real deal: I actually asked his permission before taking his picture and posting it on social media! He said that he wanted “his message” out because the country will agree with him and not me. I gave him far more respect than he did me. Please please don’t think these pictures exist here without consent. I have it! And given how skewered the Indian mentality sometimes can be, I actually think he has a point when he says that there will be people agreeing with what he had to say.

Her words are already enough to sadden anyone but many controversies about this incident are still arising for which we hope that they calm down soon for everyone’s good and we don’t get to see any other such incident arising again in future.

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