“I am telling you, wear an underwear and come. You will become equal to men. Wear an underwear and come to debate. There will be equality between men and women,” howls Maulana Yasoob Abbas to the presenter of the debate Faye D’Souza on Mirror Now. The comment by the Maulana was followed by strange silence.
The anchor was conducting a debate on the ‘Dangal’ actor Sana Fatima who is being trolled for wearing a bikini in a photo-shoot.
Last week, Fatima received backlash on Twitter and became a matter of discussion for posing in a bikini. People slammed her for being a Muslim and posing in a bikini during Ramzan.
D’Souza was trying to explain to the Maulana that women have the freedom to wear whatever they want, the Maulana tells her, “I am telling you, come to work in a bikini.” The Maulana, in the words of D’Souza, tells her that she should turn up at the workplace, at her ‘temple’, in an underwear so that she can be equal to men.
D’Souza could have reacted sharply and asked the Maulana to leave. She, however, maintained her calm. Shaking her head to the disgraceful comment, she gave a straight look into the camera with a gentle smile. It looked as if she came prepared for something like this to happen.
After his comment, D’Souza silences the entire panel.
“He hopes that he will rile me up. He hopes that I will throw a fit, and I will lose control of my panel and forget how to do my job. Let me tell you Maulana-ji, I have seen many like you. I am not afraid of you, I am not threatened by you, I am not rattled by you.”
She continued, “All you men think that if you rattle Fatima when she is doing her job, if you rattle Sania Mirza while she is doing her job, if you rattle women then they will run back into their kitchens and leave the world for you again to conquer, I have news for you, we are not going anywhere.”
The Maulana tried to mince words and defend himself but failed to do so.