Woman goes viral after saying women who wear short dresses should be raped
A video showing a woman slut-shaming fellow females for wearing short dresses in Delhi, India, has gone viral.
In the clip, the woman - who has been identified as Soma Chakrabarty - can be seen asking men around her to rape a group of women wearing clothes she deemed inappropriate.
Shivani Gupta shared the video to her Facebook page, writing "Today my friends and I were harassed by a woman at a restaurant for me wearing a short dress. This middle-aged woman you’ll see in the video addressed seven men at the restaurant to rape us because she felt we deserved it for wearing short clothes and bashing her unsolicited opinion [sic]."
"You’re recording no? Hello guys. These ladies want to wear short to short dresses to encourage all to see them. All these ladies wear short dresses or get naked to [get] raped [sic]," Chakrabarty can be heard saying in the video.
After the woman's contentious assertion, Gupta and her friends followed her to a nearby shopping centre, and asked her to apologise for her remarks and "primitive mindset", but to "no avail".
"Nothing moved the needle for her, not even another woman who learned the story on the spot and implored the ghastly woman to apologise," Gupta continued.
The backlash on social media was swift. "I want that lady in the supermarket to imagine if an older lady had made the same remarks and commented on her when she cut her hair short and decided to ditch that dupatta. Freedom isn't convenience. Clothing isn't character. And patriarchy doesn't have a gender! [sic]" wrote one Twitter user, while another corroborated "Saw the video of the #DelhiAunty telling girls who were wearing a short dress that they must be raped. How Sick? How can people have such a mentality? Such people must be taught a lesson. More power to the girls who recorded and posted the video online."
"This is so sad and shocking How can anyone pass such kind of comments on people you don’t know," wrote a third.