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Former Actresses Spark Debates After Defending ‘Fancy Dressing’ in Parliament

© AFP 2021 / HOIndian women as they walk in the grounds of Parliament in New Delhi (File)
Indian women as they walk in the grounds of Parliament in New Delhi (File) - Sputnik International
New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian actresses turned Members of Parliament Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty have sparked an online debate by recently saying women are being asked by society to maintain a “dress code” in Parliament whereas men dress as they wish.

The two leading ladies of Bengali language cinema, who happen to be close friends, are first-time MPs from the Indian state of West Bengal. Jahan and Chakraborty were earlier trolled for dressing fancily and clicking selfies outside the Indian Parliament with a section of society morally policing them, asking them to “show respect to the Parliament”.

Hitting out at those making a hue and cry over their dress style, the two actresses clarified in a recent interview that they never intended to disrespect Parliament’s sanctity.

“The men can show up to the parliament wearing whatever they want. But if a woman dresses up well to parliament, people start questioning her", Jahan said in the interview.

The comments, however, were not well received by all sections of society.

One Twitter user stated it would be much better if the two ladies dressed in traditional Indian sarees.

However, not everyone disagreed with the arguments of the actresses-turned-parliamentarians. While some reasoned that it is entirely their “choice and right” to wear whatever they want, some applauded the duo for bringing change.

One user termed Chakraborty as her “inspiration”.

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