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‘Maal aur maal’: This SEXIST poster to welcome freshers at Hindu College leaves Netizens fuming

A derogatory poster — flashed at Hindu College to welcome freshers — surfaced on social media. Students were in for a rude shock when they saw the sign, that read: “Hindu mein 'maal' aur 'maal' dono milta hai.”

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: October 6, 2017 11:44:00 pm
hindu college, sexist poster, maal aur maal dono milta hai, hindu college poster, hindu college welcome freshers, indian express, indian express news The sexist sign flashed at Hindu College has been lamented by social media users. (Source: Pinjra Tod/Facebook)

Objectifying girls has been a part of the patriarchal society for ages now. In some ways, boys are unknowingly taught to think of women as objects of their affection rather than complex people with feelings, desires and needs of their own. And, such notions instilled in the society have had rather outrageous repercussions on the society as a whole. One such incident came to light when a derogatory poster — flashed at Hindu College to welcome freshers — surfaced on social media. Students were in for a rude shock when they saw the sign, that read: “Hindu mein ‘maal’ aur ‘maal’ dono milta hai.”

Posted on Facebook by Pinjra Tod: Break the Hostel Locks with an eye-opening message, it grabbed many eyeballs. IndianExpress.com got in touch with the group to know how they got to know about it. “A student sent the derogatory poster to out group, and we then put it out on our page. Soon after, the prime minister of Hindu College saw it and condemned the use of the poster,” a group member told indianexpress.com. He released an official statement stating: “The Hindu College Parliament unanimously condemns the usage of such shamelessly gendered and misogynist phrases on campus or anywhere else.”

Read the original post here.

This is a sign that welcomed students in a recent fresher’s event in a ‘famous’ college in North Campus, University of Delhi.
The many ways in which patriarchy reinforces itself everyday in our campuses to convey the message that we may be studying in a university, we maybe sitting in classes together, but women are to be primarily seen as sexual objects of exchange amongst men.
It’s tiring to fight this everyday, but yet we must and we shall, and collectively!
pitrisatta ki khol de pol, pinjra tod, pinjra tod!
#pinjratod

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UPDATE (5.10.2017): HINDU COLLEGE PARLIAMENT (Brijesh Tiwari – Hindu College Prime Minister) CONDEMNS THE USE OF THIS POSTER IN THE STATEMENT BELOW:
This is with reference to the “Yaha Maal aur Maal Dono Milta Hai” poster on the Freshers Day at the Hindu College campus. The Hindu College Parliament unanimously condemns the usage of such shamelessly gendered and misogynist phrases on campus or anywhere else. We at the Parliament consider it our utmost endeavour to arrive at a stage of gender equality, withering of misogynist practices and tendencies and an overall climate of equal opportunities for all genders. We recognise how such phrases and their usage become an impediment in trying to achieve all of the above. The Parliament ensures that it will do its best to nip all such practices in their bud and to ensure that the student-driven crusade against misogyny must never be weakened.
Having said all of the above we would also like everybody affected by the issue or following it to consider these :
1. The structural patterns of misogyny that lead to these phrases being coined are so deeply entrenched and function so insidiously that the incoming batches of students on our campus hardly realise the brutally gendered connotations of such phrases. The phrase has unfortunately been used for decades and is not a new invention. We will work though, to do everything in our mandate to ensure that these phrases are rendered out of fashion and unprincipled for anybody to use.
2. ‎This is an issue of administrational lapse on part of the organisers, who should have paid attention in good time and got the poster removed. It will be an endeavour for the parliament to stay vigilant in this regard in the future.
3. ‎We take pride in the Hindu College student body, the boys and girls who elected us, and who have rightly so taken offence to the aforementioned phrase, who considered it their duty to bring it to the direct notice of the Parliament that they have chosen.
With the support of our student body, we will keep marching, unabated and boldly against misogyny. 
Thanks and regards.

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First published on: 06-10-2017 at 10:01:04 pm

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