Ritu Tawade,the BJP corporator who brought in the BMC the proposal to ban lingerie mannequins,feels the attractive plastic figures display a womans body simply for advertising.
The 39-year-old corporator from Ghatkopar,whose proposal has sparked outrage over the BMCs repeated attempts at moral policing,said on Thursday that while all men dont always think in a bad manner,precautions do help.
I am not blaming all men for the sex crimes in the city,but somewhere,one cannot encourage such thoughts in men,and this should be ensured both by men and women. These attractive-looking mannequins somewhere induce wrong feelings in a mans mind, Tawade said.
She said that she cant tell a woman what to wear,but insisted that the majority of women think like her.
Of course I do not have the right or duty to go up to a woman who is scantily dressed in public and dictate her dressing. There is a certain freedom in a democratic country like ours which I cannot question. But as a public representative,I represent the mindset of the majority of women,and they think like me, she said.
Tawades proposal was unanimously passed by the 227-member BMC general body,half of whom are women. Such a display is in fact making dirty men more dirty in their thinking. It is not about banning mannequins inside or outside the shop. Tawade said.
Sexual harassment is faced by common women on roads and not those who sit at coffee tables discussing morality,freedom and obscenity.