Auto Driver harasses Bangalore girl Asks her ‘Not To Dress Like A Slut’

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Bangalore: Aishwarya Subramanian is a journalist from Bangalore, and this is what she faced when she dressed the way she wanted.

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Just because she was a woman, this lady had to face an unsolicited act of moral policing from an auto-rikshaw driver. She was also lectured on how to ‘dress properly and not like a slut’. Aishwarya started taking pictures, only to gather a mob. Shockingly the mob had men supporting the auto driver Srikanth and Aishwarya said, “This is the first time I have been so publicly slut-shamed.”

Aishwarya was courageous and outspoken enough to share her incident on Facebook and now she has a major backing from a number of young people on the social media.

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This is how Aishwarya put out the entire incident on her facebook wall with pictures:

“This 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.”

Women need to start objecting strongly to such acts of public harassment. We are proud of Aishwarya to have spoken out loud on this issue, she has indeed set an example.

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