In India, Only Women Can Be Vulgar! Poonam Pandey’s Videos Are Obscene & Milind Soman’s Naked Pictures Drool-worthy

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In India, Only Women Can Be Vulgar! Poonam Pandey’s Videos Are Obscene & Milind Soman’s Naked Pictures Drool-worthy

Illustration: Reynold Mascarenhas

An unclothed Milind Soman running on a beach in Goa “broke the internet”. When Poonam Pandey stripped on a beach, also in Goa, recently, she was arrested for “obscenity”. It is actually the hypocrisy here, that is… stark naked.

Soman shared the image on social media to mark his 55th birthday. “Happy Birthday to me, 55 and running,” he wrote. It received predictable responses, with some people praising his fitness levels, others crushing over his body.

However, many pointed out the obvious. The male privilege. While Soman can fearlessly run naked and flaunt his body for some social media attention, a woman would get trolled and slut-shamed if she decided to strip in public.

One doesn’t need to conjure up hypothetical scenarios of “what would happen if a woman did this”, because we precisely know the consequences. The Goa Police on Thursday evening arrested actor and model Poonam Pandey and her husband for shooting an “obscene video”, ANI reported. The women’s wing of the Goa Forward Party had also filed a separate complaint against her for shooting an “indecent video” at the Chapoli Dam in Canacona on Wednesday.

According to PTI, several residents of Canacona town called for a shutdown as they demanded action against police officials who allegedly provided protection to Pandey and her crew members for the shoot. Inspector Tukaram Chavan and a constable were placed under suspension, according to Superintendent of Police (South) Pankaj Kumar Singh.


But why is Pandey arrested and Soman let go?

This is India, where only women can be vulgar.

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