Delhi Students Hung Bras And Panties On College Wall To Protest Against Underwear Taboo

Their play had the words ‘bra’, and ‘panty’ in it and that was reason enough for the organisers to disqualify them. The festival organisers used the words “appalling” and “disgusting” to describe the play that focused on the lives of six women.

Now, disqualification was bad enough. After that when they were told that they would lose marks for it too, it was too much for them to digest!

Now, disqualification was bad enough. After that when they were told that they would lose marks for it too, it was too much for them to digest!

Now that is just uncalled for as their teacher Monami Basu rightly said in her FB post. Joining her was Pinjra Tod, a student’s women’s group that fights discrimination against women.

They had an innovative idea to protest. They hung bras and panties on the compound wall of Sri Ram Center and named their protest ‘An Ode to Bra, Panty, and the Sahitya Kala Academy.’

“WE LEFT BRAS HANGING ON THE WALL TO PROTEST AGAINST THE UNNECESSARY EMBARRASSMENT ATTACHED TO WOMEN’S UNDERGARMENTS.”

Which seems justified. And you know why? Because in other plays in the same competition, words like Randi and Chamaar were used and the judges did not bat an eye.

And not only that, the other plays were openly dehumanising castes and professions.

Even if you ignore these things, it is surprising to see this kind of outrage in performing arts and that too theater – which are very liberal even conventionally.

As Monami Basu writes on her FB wall, the Indian society needs to openly discuss basic words like bra and panty and not attach any stigma to it.

It only makes our society regressive.

Read Monami Basu’s full post here –

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