Actor Gul Panag has joined the rest of Twitter and several other Bollywood actors in calling out Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat’s controversial remarks about women wearing ripped jeans. Rawat has drawn backlash for saying that women who wear ripped jeans set a ‘bad example’ for society and lead to substance abuse. Speaking at an anti-substance abuse workshop organised by the Uttarakhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights in Dehradun on Tuesday, Rawat said that ripped jeans are ‘bad examples’ set by parents. He further expressed his apprehension towards bare knees being exposed and went on to draw a parallel between the Indian and western culture.
Hitting out at the sartorial choices of women, Rawat recalled an incident where he had come across a woman ‘in ripped jeans’ who ran an NGO and expressed his concern about the kind of ‘message’ she is putting out to the world.
“If this kind of woman goes out in the society to meet people and solve their problems, what kind of message are we giving out to society, to our kids? It all starts at home. What we do, our kids follow. A child who is taught the right culture at home, no matter how modern he becomes, will never fail in life,” said the Chief Minister.
Soon after his comments went viral, #RippedJeansTwitter began trending on the social media platform with women showing off their ripped jeans in an attempt to explain how his comments were wrong.
Amitabh Bachchan’s granddaughter Navya Naveli Nanda also criticised Rawat for his comments. She shared a screengrab of one of his statements on her Instagram story and said, “Wtf” before adding, “Change your mentality before changing our clothes 🙂 because the only thing shocking here is the message comments like this send to society. Just (angry emojis).”
Now Gul Panag has joined the trend too. Taking to Twitter, she wrote “Takes out ripped jeans” followed by a photo of her wearing said jeans.
Rawat also expressed his apprehension towards bare knees being exposed and went on to draw a parallel between the Indian and western culture. He also said that while the western world is following our tradition of yoga and ‘covering up’, Indians were running towards ‘nudity’.
Not long ago, one of Rawat’s cabinet ministers Ganesh Joshi had similar opinions about a woman’s priorities. “Women talk about all things they want to do in life, but the most important thing for them is to look after their family and children,” he said.