Earlier this week, Faye D’Souza, the editor of Mirror Now a news channel in India, was hosting a panel discussion about women’s dress in the country when D’Souza herself faced wild sexism: one of the panelists said D’Souza should come to work in her underwear.
Here’s how it all happened: The panel was discussing the criticism Indian actress Priyanka Chopra recently faced for wearing a knee-length dress (considered by many to be too short) to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The panel also discussed Indian actress Fatima Sana Shaikh who was lambasted for wearing a bathing suit during Ramadan.
While many criticized the abuse the women faced for their clothing choices, one guest Islamic cleric Maulana Yasoob, had a different opinion shouting at D’Souza, “I am telling you, wear an underwear and come. You will become equal to men. Wear an underwear and come to debate. There will be equality between men and women.”
Thankfully, D’Souza was well up to the task of responding.
“Maulana threatened me to show up to my work place wearing underwear because I want to be equal to men,” she said, after asking the panel to maintain a two-minute silence.
“This is my temple, this is my workplace,” she continued. “He hopes that he will rile me up. He hopes that I will throw a fit, and lose control of my panel – and that I will forget how to do my job”
“Let me tell you Maulana, I have seen lots of men like you. I am not afraid of you, I am not threatened by you, and I am not rattled by you.”
Praise hands emoji.
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