Assam TV Channel Equates Young Girls Wearing Shorts to Monkeys, Triggers Uproar

A news clip aired by an Assamese news channel, which went viral on social media, has equated young girls wearing shorts to monkeys, giving rise to a heated debate.

Published: 25th August 2015 10:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th August 2015 10:23 AM   |  A+A-

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A screen grab from the news clip aired by the Assames News Channel.

By IANS

NEW DELHI/GUWAHATI: A news clip aired by an Assamese news channel, which went viral on social media, has equated young girls wearing shorts to monkeys, giving rise to a heated debate in civil society in the northeastern state with some saying "nowadays we are more scared of the media than the police".

Assam boasts of traditionally empowering women, but the video aired by Pratidin Time opened with a shot of a monkey dressed in pants with a voice in the background saying in Assamese: "Monkeys have also started wearing clothes and know how to wash clothes, but girls in Guwahati now prefer wearing shorts for comfort. Maybe for them fashion means exposing, resulting in their attire which is shorter than needed."