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‘Bra’ and ‘panty’ are obscene words, according to Delhi govt’s cultural wing

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The theatre society of a women’s college has been moral policed by the Sahitya Kala Parishad (Delhi government’s cultural wing) for performing a play with a number of words which apparently affected the cultural integrity of the society.

‘Lakshya’, a theatre group consisting of students of the Kamala Nehru college’s theatre society were performing their play named Shahira Ke Naam last Friday at the Mahavidyalaya Natya Samaroh. The performance was executed at a theatre competition organised by the Sahitya Kala Parishad. After the play ended, the organisers reportedly announced that the theatre society had been disqualified from the competition because they used certain words such as ‘bra’ and ‘panty’ which were rather a tad bit too obscene for the panel’s taste.

 However, the Sahitya Kala Parishad claimed that the college has not been disqualified but “only lose marks” for the use of some words. “The society has not been disqualified, they will only lose marks because they’ve broken the rules about obscenity,” Neha Sharma, coordinator of the competition said as per Huffington post. “Not just words like bra and panty, they’ve used several other cuss words, too,” she added.

Justifying the performers, the theatre society’s president Radhika Dhawan said,”It is in this scene, among others, that we use words like bra and panty. And this is what the judges apparently didn’t like,”.  The play includes a scene where women living in a college hostel explain how they mark their underwear so that they don’t get mixed up with others’ clothes.

 “Not just words like bra and panty, they’ve used several other cuss words, too.”Theatre competition organiser

“So traumatised were the organisers by the words that they choked on them and could not bring themselves to spell out those “appalling” “disgusting” words while telling us the reason for disqualification,” the college theatre society’s coordinator Monami Basu wrote in a public Facebook post. “When the students asked them, they ran away from them.”

 “We reject this kind of perversion which prevents youth from healthy discussions on sex, desire and yes even BRA PANTY which are pieces of clothing if it titillates you, it is your problem,” she wrote. “We reject your pretentious hypocritical propriety, we reject your taboo-ization of the most normal day to day things like periods, sexual desire, consensual sex and BRA PANTY.”

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