Women are flooding social media with pictures that show them in distressed denims to protest against controversial remarks on ripped jeans made by the new Uttarakhand Chief Minister, Tirath Singh Rawat. Mr Rawat made the comments on Tuesday at a workshop organised by the Uttarakhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights in Dehradun.
Mr Rawat said that he was on a flight when he came across a woman, accompanied by two children, wearing ripped jeans. The woman told him that she runs an NGO.
The chief minister said he was concerned about the example she was setting for society.
“If this kind of woman goes out in the society to meet people and solve their problems, what kind of message are we giving out to society, to our kids?” the Uttarakhand Chief Minister said.
He expressed his distaste for “bare knees” and asked: “Kaynchi se sanskaar (culture by scissors) – showing bare knees, wearing ripped denim and looking like rich kids – these are the values being given now. Where is this coming from, if not at home?”
The comments sparked an immediate backlash on social media. Congress leader Sanjay Jha was among the first to react. “Wearing “#rippedjeans” destroys our culture, it seems. It leads to substance abuse. And a societal breakdown. Women should strictly avoid this sacrilege against our pristine customs, says Uttarakhand CM,” he tweeted while posting a pic in ripped jeans on Wednesday.
Wearing “#rippedjeans” destroys our culture, it seems. It leads to substance abuse. And a societal breakdown. Women should strictly avoid this sacrilege against our pristine customs, says Uttarakhand CM.
Dear BJP, this is your CM Tirath Singh Rawat: Do you endorse this? pic.twitter.com/9pGQdkxZKp
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) March 17, 2021
While Twitter was flooded with reactions all through yesterday, #RippedJeansTwitter became one of the top trends on the microblogging platform this morning as people used the hashtag to share pics in ripped jeans.
Actor Gul Panag shared a selfie which shows her in distressed jeans.
— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) March 17, 2021
Rajya Sabha MP and Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi wrote: “The country’s ‘sanskriti’ & ‘sanskaar’ are impacted by men who sit and judge women and their choices.”
Ripped Jeans aur Kitab.
The country’s ‘sanskriti’ & ‘sanskaar’ are impacted by men who sit and judge women and their choices. Soch badlo Mukhyamantri Rawat ji, tabhi desh badlega. #RippedJeansTwitterpic.twitter.com/qYXcN88fY6
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) March 18, 2021
Former Femina Miss India Simran Kaur Mundi also joined the trend of sharing pics in ripped jeans.
— Simran Kaur Mundi (@SimrankMundi) March 17, 2021
The hashtag #RippedJeansTwitter has been used in nearly 16,000 tweets.
— ruchi kokcha (@ruchikokcha) March 17, 2021
— Rakhi Tripathi (@rakhitripathi) March 17, 2021
— Gauri Chadha (@gauri_chadha) March 17, 2021
Earlier this month, actor Kangana Ranaut faced similar backlash when she called out modern-day achievers for wearing “torn American jeans and rags”. A section of the Internet was quick to remind her that she, too, was guilty of wearing distressed jeans by digging up her old photos.
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