Monday’s Musings: An Example of Moral Policing

Here is one interesting example of ‘moral policing’. Moral policing are actions undertaken by what may be called the guardians of morality; these actions are done in the name of upholding morality.

Here is part of the story:

Glam doll Shriya has offered an unconditional apology for hurting the sentiments of people by wearing in appropriate attire during a public gathering. The apology came in the wake of a legal notice sent to the actress by moral police Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK) for wearing a revealing outfit (a cream colored knee length gown with a plunging neck line)

Shriya sorry for sexy outfit @ Ragalahari

Here are some pictures of the actress Shriya from Ragalahari.

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Picture Credits: Shriya @ Ragalahari.

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Picture Credits: Shriya @ Ragalahari.

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Picture Credits: Shriya @ Ragalahari.

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Picture Credits: Shriya @ Ragalahari.

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Picture Credits: Shriya @ Ragalahari.

There are many more of Shriya’s pictures here… all courtesy of Ragalahari.

At this stage I am not sure if that is the dress which angered the HMK…. Perhaps someone can tell….

This example (as to what had happened to the actress Shriya) clearly indicates how morality can be used to curb freedom of expression.

At this point I would like to say that moral policing need not only be done by religious organizations, governmental departments or other mass based organizations. Moral policing is also done by family members. Perhaps some of us have experienced how our parents, aunts or uncles chastise us for not following certain moral standards. As for myself, I always get a sense that women seem to be stricter on morality compared to men. I don’t know why, but I think this is ironic as usually morality (especially in Asian sociétés) always put women in a disadvantage. In Asian societies, morality and especially the traditional or conservative social values always encumber women with restrictions.

So, I am a bit surprised that women seem to be more moralistic than man. Perhaps someone can tell more about this situation…

Anyway, I always observe this – Moral policing can only work if the target (for such moral policing action) is an individual or a group of few individuals…..

Moral policing can never work if a majority or at least a substantial number of people say “no”(in other words if they refuse to submit to the moral standards in question)….


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