Everyone, at least in India has been ‘exposed’ to the story of Pooja Chauhan, a woman in her early twenties who shed her clothes (well almost!) in protest against Police inaction on her alleged long sufferings related predictably to dowry harassment and domestic abuse.
The news and the picture, in particular, have been sensational as has been the reactions.
“Her husband should be hanged!” said one enraged lady from Chennai.
“Shame on us!” screamed another from Hyderabad.
“What amazing courage…” exalted someone from Australia.
“I'm shocked that you published her picture. I just can't believe it!!!!” said a spoilt sport from Bangalore.
“Why bother! This is India! Nude protests in Manipur changed nothing. Lots of humanists and public liberty enthusiasts saw the pics and masturbated. You also put this news item because it sells!” said one frustrated soul from where else but Kolkata.
“This woman is a fraud. We must all raise our voice against the misuse of 498A by unscrupulous and shameless women like this. The Indian family is under great threat due to bogus laws like 498A.” pontified someone from Noida.
“I'm sure she is PROSTITUTE!” thundered a crusader for Man’s Right.
“Couldn’t she have at least matched her undergarments?" huffed one Page 3 beauty over a socialite encrusted lunch.
So what’s the latest? The papers said she was 'encouraged' to choose this form of protest by some of the local newspapers that promised to give ‘full coverage’ if she went out with ‘less coverage’. Irony? Plus her husband has alleged that she wasn't harassed at all and that she is of 'questionable morality' (how typically Indian!).
Now, the truth probably would never emerge in midst of allegations and counter allegations but what would surely happen is a full bodied (oops!) bollywood potboiler titled “Ander Ki Baat -The Inside Story" starring Pooja herself since her now widely published pictures have high recall. And I must say she is attractive. Sigh! Who would have cared so much for an unaesthetic middle-aged matron with cellulite, varicose and stretch marks?