Ahead of Delhi University's cultural festival season, a number of women's colleges have decided to ban artists whose song lyrics contain derogatory or sexist comments about women.
According to reports, the decision by members of the Delhi University Students' Union was taken in light of the harassment plaguing women across the county including the horrifying instance of molestation in Bengaluru on New Year's Eve.
"What is the point in protesting for women's rights if we are entertained by songs which say I swear chhoti dress mein bomb lagdi mennu?" Times Of India quoted Samridhi Bajaj, general secretary of the students' union, Miranda House as saying.
Smitha Sabu, treasurer of Lady Shri Ram College's students' union told TOI, "We are trying to propagate the ideas of feminism and equality, while these artists are using their art form to demean women. The lyrics of songs like 'Brown Rang' and 'Saturday Saturday' are offensive, abusive and completely opposite of what we are taught in college."
Giving preference to female artistes over the composers of such objectifying songs, Raavi Jotwani, vice president of the Jesus and Mary College students' union said:
"Lyrics like Manne suna hai tu twenty plus ho gayi and Yahaan sari dance dikhari hai, gori kamar hilari hai (Party by Fazilpuria), are sexist and offensive and we are not trying to promote that culture. We prefer a female artist who believes in ideas like ours and who can understand us better than someone who tears us apart in our own college on our fest. We are taught that women should be confident, competent and compassionate and the lyrics of these artists are completely opposite so they are a big 'No' for our fests."
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