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The newly sworn-in Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Tirath Singh Rawat’s controversial remark about a woman wearing ripped jeans triggered a nationwide stir. Since then, many have taken to social media to criticise him for being sexist.

Women have lengthy been judged by way of their garments, most of the time, thwarting their freedom to put on what they need within the identify of “culture”. And extra so if the piece of clothes is taken into account a Western import. Kangana Ranaut, as an example, lately referred to as out folks for sporting “torn American jeans and rags…representing nothing by American marketing.”

Such is the extent of ethical policing that in 2017, a 14-year-old lady in Iran was crushed and detained for sporting ripped denims, reported Independent. “There were two women and two men in a huge van and they pushed us into it with the force of their beatings. Their objection was to the ripped jeans that we were wearing. There were really no other issues concerning my friends and I,” the teenager was quoted as saying by the publication.

St Xavier’s College in Mumbai additionally launched a round in 2016, banning college students from sporting ripped denims on campus, aside from different kinds of garments like sleeveless blouses or shirts, shorts, or quick skirts. The purpose cited, nonetheless, was not of “indecency” however that the torn denims “mocked the clothes that the poor are forced to wear,” Agnelo Menezes, the then principal, informed Hindustan Times. The announcement met with a variety of resistance.

Five years therefore, netizens have as soon as once more taken it upon themselves to problem the Uttarakhand Chief Minister’s feedback, with even celebs like Navya Naveli Nanda and Gul Panag reacting towards it.

Amitabh Bachchan’s granddaughter took to Instagram tales to react to the remark. (Photo: Navya Naveli Nanda/Instagram)

Meanwhile, folks have additionally been posting footage of them sporting ripped denims, on social media. Take a glance:

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