‘No country for women’ – A phrase denoting the bitter truth absoluteness of the Indian society and psyche.
In a country like India where on one hand women are known to be one of the many avatars of Godessess, on a daily basis they are subjected to criticism & chauvinism and are often mishandled. And if they ever defy the usual, they become a subject of mass assessment.
Over the last decade, the wind of change has swept the sad state of affairs when it comes to women freedom; women empowerment has strengthened its roots not only in social media but has now started touching our daily lives and styles. However, the Indian female fraternity, still has a long way to go, especially because whatsoever they do, turns out to be demeaning to the Indian culture.
A similar attempt made by a Malayalam actress and poet is now being called ‘derogatory’ what is otherwise just an outline of her ‘womanliness’.
27-year-old Gilu Joseph appears on the ‘in spotlight’ cover of a renowned women’s magazine – Grihalaxmi, taking the internet by storm. Check out the cover below to understand what must have been so objectionable about it!
“Don’t stare, we are #breastfeeding!”
Grihalakshmi March 1st Issue is out, which speaks about the importance of breastfeeding, and the taboos revolving around it. pic.twitter.com/CtobpNInMOAdvertisement
— Grihalakshmi (@Grihalakshmi_) March 1, 2018
Gilu Joseph can be seen breastfeeding a baby as she appears on the cover of the magazine. To some, the nature of the cover picture turned out to be ‘biting’ or maybe ‘evil’. In the light of this incident, a case has been filed by Advocate Vinod Matthew, against the magazine and Joseph in the CJM court of Kollum, Kerela, under IPC sections 3 and 4 of the Prohibition of indecent representation of women Act 1986. The date of hearing for the case has been decided to be on 16th March 2018.
However, there seems to be no stopping for the woman who ‘dared’ to become the torchbearer, to lift the boilerplate and shatter the taboo of breastfeeding. In a report, she spoke up and mentioned,
“I grabbed the opportunity because I have never been taught that breastfeeding is a sin and something to be covered up.”
She further added:
“I have only done things that I have believed is right for me. I must have failed, but I have no regrets. Women should breastfeed freely, without any sense of fear or inhibition and that is my message in the article too, but people began criticising even without reading what I had to say.”
She also stated,
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“More than my personal interests, the cover is a result of Grihalakshmi’s campaign, which was aimed at mothers and wives who are proudly feeding their babies right now, without worrying about anything else. I have not earned a single penny out of it and I have been mostly receiving abuses from people. Till yesterday, they were referring to me as a poet and now they are calling me a slut, prostitute. How is this publicity at all.”
And here are some mixed reactions to the entire controversy.
Gilu Joseph? Sounds Christian to me. Is she playing the role of a Hindu mother in this Photoshoot? https://t.co/XrEmfeexbS And since when did breastfeeding in Public become taboo in India? Milking mileage out of a non-issue in India…… 😠
— Sujeev Kommana (@skommana1) February 28, 2018
Wearing every outwardly sign of a Hindu woman model Gilu Joseph felt ‘brave’ enough to challenge patriarchy. https://t.co/FiWY4KLxwY
— Nandini (@_NAN_DINI) March 1, 2018
That we all know…its not vulgar..all our mothers breast-feed their kids.. .but I don’t think any public demonstration is required on it…
— vinay vashishth (@vashishth_vinay) March 1, 2018
I only wish Gilu Joseph (the model) wasn’t wearing sindoor. It’d have been more inclusive of unwed moms and women who don’t believe in marriage markers.
— Ardra Balachandran (@ardramaanasam) February 28, 2018
Thats one heck of gutts from Gilu Joseph !!!
— sundram (@kasaltsundram55) February 28, 2018
Here’s more: She is a model (not a mother), Gilu Joseph, who was born into a conservative Christian family (one of her sisters is a nun) from the hilly interiors of Idukki district. Her family was opposed to the photo-shoot, as per @IeMalayalam. CC @dhanyarajendran
— Nidheesh M K (@mknid) February 28, 2018
It was the breast of times, It was the worst of times. 🤱🏽
— kasturi shankar (@KasthuriShankar) March 2, 2018
Breastfeeding in public is already commonplace in India. Most people are decent-enough to look the other way and most women are comfortable breastfeeding in public. Just go to any rural or urban marketplace where middle-class, lower class Indians shop.
— 272 Rambhas defend India (@magaxiom) March 1, 2018
— Cheryll Pereira (@seeknsave) March 1, 2018
When a real mom feeds her kids, she only thinks about welfare of her baby and she doesn’t bother about the pose in which the camera can capture the best of all emotions.
About the model on right:
Name: Gilu Joseph
Attire: Hindu Woman
Propaganda : I think you can understand pic.twitter.com/cWk80tHk6V
— Yogesh Naik (@yogesa) March 3, 2018
Do you think Gilu Joseph did right in appearing on the magazine cover while breastfeeding a child? Tell us through your comments.