Sexism and toxic masculinity go hand-in-hand in a patriarchal society, and nothing proves that better than BJP chief Dilip Ghosh's latest comment on CM Mamata Banerjee.
During a rally in Purulia, BJP chief Ghosh took a dig at Mamata Banerjee's recent leg injury, by asking her to 'wear bermudas' if she wanted to show her legs.
"People don't want to see her face, that's why she's showing her broken leg... What kind of saree is she wearing, which covers one leg and shows the other? If you want to put out your leg, why saree, wear a bermuda, it can be seen": Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh on Mamata Banerjee pic.twitter.com/2zOvc1qkQq— Soumyajit Majumder (@SoumyajitWrites) March 24, 2021
Distasteful and highly sexist, his comment immediately drew flak from the people:
@BJP WB Pres asks in public meeting why Mamatadi is wearing a saree, she should be wearing “Bermuda” shorts to display her leg better— Mahua Moitra (@MahuaMoitra) March 24, 2021
And these perverted depraved monkeys think they are going to win Bengal?
Such an outrageous comment by the BJP WB State President Dilip Ghosh. He openly asks WB CM to wear 'Bermuda.' It is just shocking ! Are you going to vote these people to power? https://t.co/LtPi9eonbJ— Susmita Das (@SusmitaSus) March 24, 2021
"If you want to put out your leg, why saree, wear a bermuda, it can be seen" Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh— Sangita (@Sanginamby) March 24, 2021
BJP mnisters are disgusting. And obsessed with noticing how women dress.
SHAMEFUL COMMENT BY BJP ON @MamataOfficial— DaaruBaaz Mehta (@DaaruBaazMehta) March 24, 2021
She is wearing a saree and one leg is showing and one is not. I have not seen anyone wear a saree like this.
If u want to show legs then why are u wearing saree, wear a Bermuda, then everyone can see clearly: Dilip Ghosh, BJP
Another day,another BJP leader insults women— Vinay Kumar Dokania 🇮🇳 ✋ (@VinayDokania) March 24, 2021
MISOGYNIST Sanghis hv no shame!#Bengal BJP Pres Dilip Ghosh trying hard to match #TirathSinghRawat shows his poor upbringing
Why BJP leaders obsessed with female clothes? #BengalRejectsBJP#WestBengalElections https://t.co/pgxR6iPg30
Dilip Ghosh needs to watch his mouth, extremely distasteful comments made about Mamata Banerjee.— The Political Commentator (@PoliticsMedi) March 24, 2021
Really hope he is not given much prominence post elections.
“If Mamata Banerjee wants to show off her legs she should wear Bermuda shorts”
Please sack him post election @JPNadda.
These people will stoop to any level! If such comments get you votes than one is better off losing, imo. Respect women, not just on woman's day, but everyday! #Bengal#bengalelections https://t.co/Pl9sobWguc via @thebengalstory— Rohan S Mitra (@rohansmitra) March 24, 2021
Misogyny, hate, and violence against women !!— Peace Love (@PeaceLo76357501) March 24, 2021
EC should invalidate Dilip Ghosh who do not even have a basic decency !!
"If she wants to show her leg, she should wear bermuda shorts" Dilip Ghosh on Mamata Banerjee | The Bengal Story https://t.co/YeAPX0QDdK via @thebengalstory
Unfortunately, such sexist comments on female politicians have become highly common. Only recently, Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat commented that women wearing ripped jeans were not sending the right message.
It's high time our politicians remember that political rivalry may be part of our democracy, but mud-slinging and crassness have no place in a civil society. And it's truly sad to see that political discourse has stooped so low in our country.