Dangal actress, Fatima Sana Shaikh gets trolled over social media for wearing a swimsuit during Ramadan month. Earlier Priyanka Chopra and now Fatima Sana Sheikh has become the victim of criticism on social media for not wearing appropriate attire.
Fatima posted a picture on Instagram wearing a black halter swimsuit to a beach in Maldives. Soon her Instagram post comment box overflowed with hate comments slut-shaming Fatima for wearing a swimsuit during the holy month of Ramadan.
One of the internet users wrote while commenting on her photo, “Show some respect n dignity towards the religion simply keeping the Muslim name n doing indecent act with only further malign Islam as it doesn’t promote nudity… ”
Many of her fans defended her and stood against such derogatory comments. They raised their voice against the trolls, some of these comments read: “Wow so many shit headed people barking about religion here” “To all the people out there saying nasty things…u all are crazy… please rise above…”
Today people have created their own set of norms that specify the boundaries of a particular culture in order to guard it, any sort of infringement in these ‘self-created’ set of rules and regulations meets utter hatred and discontent by the society.
The internet loves to talk about cultural appropriation. Social media has become a platform where people especially women are condemned if they wear something “inappropriate” that violates the boundaries of their morals and culture.
The enforcement of a compulsory dress code according to different religions on women violates their rights to private life, personal autonomy, freedom of expression, and freedom of religion, thought, and conscience. Violence and threats against women to intimidate them into adhering to a compulsory dress code are not at all justifiable.
Girls and women have the right to wear whatever they want and whenever, wherever they desire. Wearing a certain dress does not either show respect or in any way contravene a religion or culture. Respect and morals come from within, not by something that we wear.
We must ensure that women and girls can fully exercise their rights to private life, freedom of religion, and freedom of expression by being able to choose whether to adhere to a dress code or not.