Earlier this week, a photo of Deepika Singh Rajawat, the lawyer defending the Kathua rape victim, went viral on social media. Rajawat was lauded by many for her undeterred fight for justice in the case despite several threats from the Jammu Bar Association.
A Twitter user tweeted the photo, which was quick to garner attention of many.
How often do we see a photograph like this? A confident, professional woman flanked by men who are not lecheroulsy staring at her. pic.twitter.com/x0fSa786bT— Ashwaq Masoodi (@ashwaqM) April 17, 2018
The reactions to the tweet, however, were very diverse. Several users disagreed with Ashwaq Masoodi, stating that it was indeed very ‘normal’ to see women not being stared at by men around her.
Shockingly, it happens a lot. I know, it’s crazy. It’s almost like not all men ever just leer at women with crazy lust thoughts.— Patron Saint Anita, Goddess of Feminist Vidyagaems (@PatronStAnita) April 17, 2018
I know, I know, I sound like a crazy person describing heaven, but it’s real! I swear! It happens all around the world, everyday!
Everyday. Most of us are confident young women surrounding by equally confident men. No one stares at us lechereously. Ever! Your personal experiences maybe born out of working with people of your religion.— Manini ♀ (@CuriousKudi) April 19, 2018
In my world, and in the world of many professional women I know, it’s all the time. But that doesn’t mean we don’t take a moment because our experiences are not everyone’s. pic.twitter.com/sebhf8q8zY— Jacqueline Seabrooks (@RetiredCAChief) April 18, 2018
Here is one. And these are all heads of states of NAM. pic.twitter.com/a4XFzkak6y— The MYSTIC (@TheMYSTIC11) April 18, 2018
Uhhh All The Time?— Alexander Price (@Cp_Rooks) April 17, 2018
While others defended Masoodi by claiming that her opinion could have been shaped by the current socio-political environment in India, and hailed Rajawat for her fearless attitude.
A rare phenomenon everywhere irrespective of cast creed colour region or religion. Alas!— Sheikh Tariq (@journotariq) April 18, 2018
In a heroine centric Bollywood movie of course. in reality, this is a first !— Devk#2 (@Devk_2) April 18, 2018
We don't see it enough, that's for damn sure. Thanks for this— Ryan Goodman (@RGoodman46805) April 18, 2018
only in scenes where the agenda is already made up like in some bollywood movies— Kutty (@kutty983) April 18, 2018
Very rare.— Pari (@phirante) April 18, 2018
Not often enough.— Bob Nirkind (@BobJustFNBob) April 18, 2018
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