Following the Congress’ women’s wing protest on Friday outside the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarter in Delhi with bangles over a recent attack that claimed lives of security personnel in Kashmir, Twitterati are debating about the significance of using bangles in the protest.
While a section of people called it as utterly “offensive and misogynistic,” a few justified the protest saying that the whole rhetoric was started by Smriti Irani when UPA was in power.
Notably, addressing a public meeting in 2013, Union minister Smriti Irani offered to send bangles to the former PM Manmohan Singh after a similar attack. Recently, the opposition lashed out at Irani over the mutilation of two soldiers saying, if Irani would like to gift bangles to PM Modi now, as she had wanted to send it to former PM Singh in 2013.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted to the bangle protests:
What is with these 'bangle' protests? How utterly offensive and misogynistic. https://t.co/1VghscqyMI
— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) May 5, 2017
— Harish Kulkarni (@harishkrcr) May 5, 2017
Disgrace are these brainless women! Since when bangles have become signs of weakness?? https://t.co/F5TZhNVbL4
— Vibhuti (@victorvibhu) May 5, 2017
Because bangles shame the masculine into feminism? And because you presume that being feminine is weak?
Such a shame, really. https://t.co/uLVBJRxfdE
— Akil Bakhshi (@akil_bakhshi) May 5, 2017
Why are they using bangles! This attitude should change.. https://t.co/wRuOqfO1tS
— S™ (@smadygo) May 5, 2017
Why Bangles?? Becoz women wear Bangles & are a weak gender?? Is that the LOGIC?? No Feminists will object to it now @DeepikaBhardwaj
— Tuhaar Papa… (@tuhaarpapa) May 5, 2017
A few has also justified the protest:
Hope you'll interview Smriti Irani over her speech of sending bangles to ex-PM Manmohan Singh! https://t.co/t8D60R2NY3
— Bellatrix Rosie (@yumjaoleima) May 5, 2017
@ANI_news In all fairness it's valid to throw their rhetoric back at them, till Smriti Irani takes back her words right?
— CoffeeStains (@umesh110168) May 5, 2017
For us, yes. But to the majority probably not. It's a cultural idiom.
— Anurag Shrivastava (@hrnext) May 5, 2017