“Objectifying women is not entertainment” Punjabi Istri Jagriti Manch

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Sometimes when you’re too busy dancing to a catchy beat, you tend to lose sight of what is actually being said in a song. And, more times than is socially acceptable, those lyrics might actually be holding some pretty misogynistic messages — from artists where it may be expected… or maybe not so much. Can an artist’s celebrity status and success ever really be an excuse for promoting misogynistic messages? No. But, nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped the production of songs that cross that line.

It is but obvious that such songs target women, ‘commodifying’ them as sex objects. Because of which so many young girls and women are continuously targeted with taunts and inappropriate remarks.

Basically, if a song is talking about women as merely sexual objects, glorifying the ideas of non-consent, or shaming a woman for her own sexuality, then it can be put under the category of general misogyny.

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Owing to which, the women in our society do not get the respect they deserve. While treating them with dignity has become an old school thought.

Which is why Aman Deol, a firebrand leader of the group “Istri Jagriti Manch” hailing from the village Gazisalar in Patiala district, has been actively engaged in the fight against the cultural drain of lyrics for more than eight years now.

This group demands action against such singers under the Indecent Representation of Women Prohibition Act, 1986.

The vice president of the Manch Chanranjeet Kaur Barnala said, “It is intolerable. I am a retired teacher. On many occasions girl students came to me and complained that boys tease them when cheap songs played in the bus on the way to the school. It was important to protest.”

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This group demands action against such singers under the Indecent Representation of Women Prohibition Act, 1986.

Manch specifically demanded ban and even arrest singers including YoYo Honey Singh, Geeta Zaildar, Gippy Grewal, Diljeet Dosanjh and Miss Pooja along with others.

In 2012 a proposal to set up their own Punjabi music censor board was mooted by Punjab cultural affairs minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur.

Even down south, last week the Madras high court has expressed displeasure over filmmakers “corrupting the minds of the youth” by using vulgar words in songs and by projecting violence in films, instead of inculcating moral values.

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Granting bail to a youth detained on charge of sexually harassing a 16-year old girl, Justice S. Vaidyanathan said “Media is a powerful teacher, whose teachings are never forgotten by people. Therefore, filmmakers should realise their responsibility to imbibe good thoughts in the minds of the youth, who are the pillars of the future society and should act upon to bring up a good society”.