It’s incredible how two separate pieces of news can trigger a strong reaction. Even worse, how the news is reported. First is the case of Kushboo. Yup, the same star who had temples built to her name in the early 90s. Well, the lady had ideas about premarital sex, and the mob didn’t quite like it. I am not going to comment on her views (I don’t see them as being particularly new/ groundbreaking/ different), but I think she has a right to them, and shouldn’t have to apologize for what she believes. But hypocrisy isn’t new to Tamil Nadu, so I am not overtly surprised.
The other piece of news is this. Well, women won’t be allowed to work night shifts in an industry that well – mostly works at night! It’s interesting to see the media coverage though. The argument in the article is that it will kill an industry, as opposed to discriminating between men and women on the basis of their sex. However, the move will be taken up more forcefully by the industry, and they will attempt to offer a financial analysis (Remember, women come cheap even in organized industries!). Of course, in the longer run, blocking opportunities for 50% of citizens in the country will have a huge economic impact (but let’s not get to that – baby steps – baby steps!).
So tell me, why won’t the article point out the gender discrimination aspect as clearly as the other aspects? And the other thing – Is the solution to *lack of safety* for women on the streets to be resolved by punishing those who get attacked, or those who attack. Aaargh!
Update – The govt. points to the fact that the issue was quite different. (Link tip – Orange Hues)