"Girls who choose to wear jeans will be expelled from the college," Meeta Jamal, principal of the Dayanand girls' college in Kanpur city told AFP. "This is the only way to stop crime against women."
That's an idea that is brilliant in its simplicity. All we have to do is stop wearing jeans, and crime against women will come to a halt. No more rapes, by strangers or relatives or partners. No more strangers or relatives trying to cop a feel of a girl who they trust is too scared to fight back. No more wife-burning due to dowry issues. No domestic violence against women. No lewd whistles or catcalls.
Feminists, what have you been doing all these years, trying to take back the night and make the world a safer place? Just tell all women to stop wearing jeans.
I wasn't wearing jeans the first time I was harassed by a stranger. I was in a school uniform, sitting in a bus on my way to school. I must have been about twelve.
I was harassed nearly every day on public buses, and I was too scared, too ashamed to speak out. I felt it was somehow my fault.
Stop making us feel it's our fault. It's not a woman's fault if she is harassed. It's not the victim's responsibility to top crime.
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