Ours is the generation that likes to express through snazzy statements on T-shirts. Most of us are proud to own such merchandise because it breaks the monotony of mundane. However, choose your quotes carefully because we are becoming a country of people easily offended.
Things got out of hands for a Bengaluru man who was visiting a mall to watch a movie when a self-proclaimed moralist questioned him for wearing a T-shirt with “indecent things” written on it. He asked the man to leave the premises, buy a new T-shirt, change and then come back to watch the movie. The matter escalated to a new level when the cops were called.
Parul Agarwal, an eye-witness, recorded the whole incident on her phone.
The youth had “Stop Jerking Start Fuc*ing” written on his red T-shirt. He was going to the washroom when another moviegoer got hold of him and asked:
What are you wearing? How many families are coming here. Wear something else and come. What is this?” the self-proclaimed protector of morality questions the young man in English, pointing to his T-shirt.
Not satisfied with the drama that had already unfolded, the accuser brought a cop into the matter. However, the accused tried to reason with police:
It was available in the market. It’s okay to sell it, but not wear it?
The people present in the premises were confused about the ongoing interrogation. The youth finally gave up but the cop wanted to click his picture for evidence. Parul Agarwal informed The Quint,
That’s when me and my friends, along with some other bystanders raised voices and asked what was so wrong about wearing a T-shirt and what law he was flouting by being in a public place in that shirt.
Following the incident, Parul reached Bengaluru police through Twitter to report the harassment:
— Parul Agrawal (@agrparul) June 2, 2017
Parul was also told that the police can punish the accused under Section 293 of IPC. However, she enquired about the law from a Supreme Court lawyer. According to K.V. Dhananjay:
The section 293 of IPC that does prohibit vulgarity takes into consideration the magnanimity, impact and provocation aspect. A man wearing a T-Shirt is giving you all the rights to ignore. It is an issue of sensibility more than an issue of promoting vulgarity in a public place. The young do all sorts of things to attract attention and in a democracy the best way to deal with it is to ignore.
Bengaluru Police has asked Parul to mail them the video and details of the incident.