27 July, 2021

Ritu Tawade

I did enter some of the fashion shops and lecture the mannequins on how they should dress more decently

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Ritu Tawade
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As a BJP member of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation, I did hesitate before starting a secret diary. I had heard that only filmstars and other VVIPs do it. But my colleagues in the BJP and Shiv Sena pointed out that my fame had spread far and wide and this is the result. And it’s all due to my ‘Marathi manoos’ sensibilities, which tell me unerringly that scantily clad mannequins create bad feelings among bad men, which in turn could lead to some bad rapes and some bad molestations. Of course, I am still to approach a scantily-clad girl (Mumbai is full of them) and caution her on the consequences of her actions. And, yes, I do believe in democratic values. But I also represent the mindset of a majority of Mumbai women who also think like me. Though I did not directly approach these scantily-clad girls, I did enter some of the fashion shops and lecture the mannequins on how they should dress more decently, particularly those fronting the lingerie department. But the mannequins were strangely silent.

That said, I am happy my movement is catching on. The BMC...

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