A woman has been travelling in the Delhi metro wearing a bikini and a short skirt. Undeniable freedom of choice and uncivilized behaviour are at loggerheads.
Who decides what should we wear?
Before we get into that, we must hear what she has to say about her clothing.
“It’s my freedom in what I want to wear. I am not doing this for a publicity stunt or to become famous. I don’t care what people have to say.
She says that she doesn’t care what people have to say. If that is how freedom of expression works, then everyone has their choices to make. Anything can happen- Instead of sex in bedrooms, they can do it on the roads.
If the dress is a choice as politicians say, then everyone can break dignity rules and live as they want
Then we should not complain about ugliness, vulgarity, or discipline in society. We must just live with what will come to us.
As a society, we have set some rules and restrictions for ourselves so that we can uphold the dignity and respect for each other.
Karnataka High Court has mentioned how a dress code is needed. Freedom of expression can’t be used as an excuse to live as we like, breaking the social rules.
“The court ruled that the prescription of school uniform does not violate either the right to freedom of speech and expression under Article 19(1) (a) or the right to privacy under Article 21 of the Constitution, and the restriction against wearing of hijab in educational institutions is only a reasonable restriction constitutionally permissible, which the students cannot object to.”
The bikini girl travelling in the Air Conditioned metro wearing scanty clothes has only the same reason to get the comfort of freedom of expression as people who want to enjoy sex on the roads.
People need to wear dresses based on the places they are in, wearing the scanty dress in bedrooms is okay, but not in public places. Your freedom of expression must not be a nauseating experience and cause discomfort to people around you.
The bikini girl travelling in Delhi metro might still feel that she has the right to practice her freedom of choice, but that is not freedom of choice but displaying nudity in public which must be confined to bedrooms or private rooms.
So, Bikini girl are you reading this?