Whenever one thinks of a bride, an image of a woman clad in a traditional outfit comes to mind. Particularly in the Indian culture, the appearance of a bride has forever been associated with a woman who looks shy and is dressed in a typically ethnic attire. Perhaps this is the reason, a deviation from this image of a bride can create a huge uproar in the society. This is exactly what happened when a Bengali wedding photographer posted a Bengali nude bride picture, perhaps in an attempt to portray a Bengali bride in an exceptional way.
A photographer named Pritam Mitra posted a picture of a model posing as a Bengali bride but what was unusual about the photograph was that the model posed nude.
The model could be seen wearing a traditional Bengali bride’s headgear (topor) and holding betel leaves in her left hand to cover her face which is an integral part of a Bengali wedding. She can be seen covering her bosoms with her hand and long hair. To hide her private part, the woman holds a traditional Bengali Sindur Kouto (Kumkum box) in her right hand.
As per media reports, the picture has originally been posted on a Facebook page named Bong Crush about a week ago and took no time to go viral. Now it has over 8,000 reactions and has been shared by close to 2000 Facebook users. You can take a look at the viral picture below:
We have blurred this image since the photographer is receiving death threats for posting the same.
Different people have reacted to the Bengali nude bride picture differently. While some have slammed photographer Pritam Mitra for his portrayal of a Bengali bride, some have hailed him for shattering stereotypes and squashing patriarchy. Check out a few comments on the picture by Pritam Mitra:
Hate and trolls for the photographer:
Calling the woman a shame to the female society:
Supporting his point of view:
However, some people have gone a few steps ahead as a result of which, Bengali wedding photographer gets death threats, over phone calls and on the social media. Some people have threatened of killing him if he does not take the Bengali nude bride picture down. There is one particular social media user named Raj Sarkar Rinku who has threatened Pritam Mitra of killing him if the post is not taken down and the page Bong Crush not deleted within 24 hours for the sake of all Hindutwavadis of West Bengal.
While the post hasn’t been taken down so far, the photographer has reportedly filed a complaint with the Kolkata Police. The case is being investigated by the cyber crime team of Kolkata Police.