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Tavleen Singh Faces Twitter Wrath for 'Joking' About Woman Journo's Attire During #MeToo Debate

Singh said that in India, women had to face worse problems like 'widespread savagery and barbarism' which were more pressing problems.

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Updated:December 3, 2018, 1:58 PM IST
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Tavleen Singh Faces Twitter Wrath for 'Joking' About Woman Journo's Attire During #MeToo Debate
The incident took place during the Times LitFest held in Delhi on Sunday and the panel included journalists Barkha Dutt and Faye D'Souza.
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Political writer Tavleen Singh recently came under fire on social media after she made a 'joke' about a journalist's clothes on stage during a #MeToo interaction.

The incident took place during the Times LitFest held in Delhi on Sunday and the panel included journalists Barkha Dutt and Faye D'Souza. Singh, who has been an open critic about #MeToo in the past went on to call it an 'elitist' movement that grew out of an imitation of the west. She also said that in India, women had to face worse problems like 'widespread savagery and barbarism' which were more pressing problems.

However,it was when they started talking about sexual harassment that things got out of hand and Singh went on to make a comment about D'Souza's clothes.




"Look at you, you're dressed like a man," Singh said, much to the chagrin of D'Souza who immediately erupted along with Dutt as well as the audience at the insensitive comment. After the backlash, Singh apologised for it and said that she was "obviously joking".

However, a video clip of the discussion went viral on social media with many attacking Singh for her 'joke'.

Singh responded on Twitter with her clarification, stating that it was no longer possible to make jokes in front of feminists. she also added that the controversy stole attention from her real point which was the relevance of movements like #MeToo in India.







However, Twitter wasn't having it.































However, Singh's followers defended her, claiming that the other panelists blew the debate out of proportion.











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