Why Has Shenaz Treasurywala’s Open Letter Caused Such a Storm? Why is she receiving criticism rather than support for the message she has tried to send out?

Why Has Shenaz Treasurywala’s Open Letter Caused Such a Storm?shenaz treasurywalaAFP SHENAZ TREASURYWALA’S OPEN LETTER

  1. Shenaz Treasurywala recently addressed an open letter to several important men of India including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Anil Ambani and others. She called on these important men to do something about women’s safety. The letter was published on several websites, it went viral, and has created quite a stir in the blogosphere and on social networks for many different reasons.
  2. Shenaz Treasurywala has a movie that is about to be released soon. Many have questioned the timing of the letter, dismissing it as a publicity stunt meant to garner cheap publicity for the movie as well as its actors. Predictably, Treasurywala has also been personally attacked for acting in films that have featured profanity and content of a sexual nature in the past. (source)
  3. Those with a more feminist bent of mind have criticised the fact that the letter is a typical appeal from a damsel in distress calling out to the big strong male protector to step in and ‘save’ the helpless woman. (Source – First Post)
  4. Yet another blogger has poured scorn on an ‘influential’ person such as Treasurywala making the kind of appeal that she did. The angst expressed in the reply to the open letter seems to smack of resentment at not being as ‘influential’. (Source)
  5. Much of the criticism for the open letter has been leveled by the sort of people who believe that women who are at a certain place at a certain time wearing certain clothes, engage in certain activities deserve what’s coming to them. The comments that appear below these ‘open replies’ are also tend to be lamentably misogynistic and regressive.
  6. Netizens have also remarked on social media how Treasurywala has picked some rather strange men to appeal to: Narendra Modi, Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan don’t have a particularly great track record when it comes to dealing with women.
  7. Also there is a slightly hysterical edge to the letter – Treasurywala claims to have been groped and pawed countess times and reports to constantly living in fear of being molested and attacked. She says she would like to punish offenders with ‘public castration’ and calls for drastic punitive measures for any man who so much as touches a woman. “Death to rapists. No bail. Just death,” she says.
  8. Now regardless of the timing of the letter or the supposed motivation and even the hysterical tone, is there any reason why women’s safety issues should not be highlighted in any way they can? Why should any celebrity be criticised for doing whatever it is she does to raise awareness? The message of the open letter is certainly something that all Indian males need to internalise – NOT OUR SHAME – IT’S YOUR SHAME.
  9. If in the process she calls upon eminent men to do something, why on earth do people feel the need to poke holes into the effort, even an imperfect effort; even an allegedly self serving one? After all, most men cannot envision the fear women feel at the prospect of molestation or rape; few men can comprehend the trauma of being violated by being groped in a public place; leave alone the horror of actual rape. If someone chooses to draw some attention to this, why waste time examining motives and modus operadi?

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