Singer Sona Mohapatra on Monday shared her experience with victim-blaming with followers on social media.
“During my BTech Engg, walking to the microprocessor lab in a loose khadi green kurta with a salwar. Seniors whistling, speculating loudly about my bra size. One ‘well-wisher’ walked up and asked why I wasn’t wearing my dupatta ‘properly’, fully covering my b***s,” she tweeted.
Sona in her tweet used the hashtag #INeverAskForIt, a movement that has been launched to protest against victim-blaming, especially in the case of sexual assault survivors, who are frequently asked what they wore at the time of a sexual assault.
She wrote: “Tweet what you remember wearing when you experienced sexual violence, threat or intimidation. Draw attention to victim blame. #INeverAskForIt.”
Reacting to Sona’s tweet, a section of netizens trolled her saying she wrote such things because she was hungry for publicity. Others could relate to what the singer said and shared their opinions and experiences on the same.
“Being an ex-cetian, I second that. 1st yr and You are supposed to be totally covered up. Seniors ogling at you. Male classmates having endless night discussions on your size and beauty. Some girls enjoyed the attention. Some like me always wondered why? #INeverAskForIt,” commented a user.
“College campuses are abs the worst. They should have an orientation program or better, schools should have sex-ed classes on how to handle puberty and how harassment is not manliness,” suggested another user.
Reacting to a user who remarked about the singer doing “hot photoshoots showing full cleavage”, Sona replied: “Cus it’s my body, my cleavage Mr Jay whoever. I do as I please with it.”