Renuka Shahane Takes A Stand Against Burkini Ban

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Actor Renuka Shahane continues to stick her neck out on some of the most  contentious issues that have been in sharp focus. The lady is not at all shy in expressing her view on even the most controversial matters and her fans love her for the same. The actor who became the toast of thousands of people during the hosting of the show ‘Surabhi’, did not shy away from taking on actor and her co – star in the movie, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Salman Khan, for his rape comment at an event meant for the promotion of his movie, Sultan. She did that at a time when not many from the Bollywood fraternity were willing to openly criticize Salman Khan for his comment.

Renuka Shahane
Renuka Shahane

In another post on her facebook account, the actor has expressed her opinion on the enraging Burkini controversy in France, which had received much attention after the photo of two French policemen at a beach in Nice went viral. Shahane has questioned whether the way a woman dresses at the root of rape or becoming militants or gunning down innocent people or spreading hate. She clearly expresses that in her thinking, what one wears is or should be a personal choice and should not be imposed, except in case of visiting a place of worship. This is what she expressed:

“The ban on the Burkini set me thinking about how a woman is always seen to be either underdressed or overdressed. Women never seem to get it right. I have had a phobia of water as well as revealing clothes ever since I was born. Swimming was out of the question on both these counts while I was growing up. When I had children of my own I wanted to lead by example. I wanted to show them that a phobia is a state of mind that can be overcome. For eg. my phobia of water. I began learning swimming to prove to my children that when one has the will, there’s a way. But I wouldn’t have been able to overcome the fear of being under-dressed somehow. I was glad that swimsuits that had tights that covered your body till the knee, & had sleeves & also had skirts coming down to the knees over & above those tights, were available for women like me. Most people are surprised that I’m so modern in my way of thinking even though I am very conservative in my manner of dressing.I feel undressing is not the only sign of emancipation & neither is over dressing a sign of great virtue. I think what one wears is or should be a personal choice. It should not be imposed. Except if you are visiting a place of worship where you have to conform to the diktats of that place of worship. If you disagree with that diktat don’t visit that place of worship. Anyway to get back to my swimming, what I wear is the Burkini’s little sister; the only difference being that my neck is seen. I’m imagining if the freedom to wear this was taken away from me would I have been able to get over my phobia of swimming? I don’t think so. One less activity by a woman, who cares right? Whether you are raping, or becoming militants or gunning down innocent people or spreading hate, is the root of it all the way a woman dresses? Is it? If it is, then why is the “root” of all these menacing problems almost always also the biggest victim? It’s either interference or imposition by patriarchy, conservatism or now even extreme liberalism. When will we ever be allowed to be????”

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