Indian all-rounder cricketer Irfan Pathan on Monday posted a picture with his wife Safa Baig on Facebook which created a heating debate among his fans.
The photo portrays the couple as they are sitting in a car happily. The caption reads: “This girl is trouble” accompanied the picture alongside the hashtags #love and #wifey.
It seemed like a generic post of a couple being cute, until people started commenting negatively on how Baig who is a model by profession, is ‘exposing’ her arms in the picture. Yes, her arms.
This wasn’t even a few comments but a chain of hate-laden remarks tinged with tones of policing the woman for being ‘unislamic’.
The backlash, however, did not end there. People also seemed to raise concern about the fact that Baig was wearing nail polish. This proceeded to turn into a frenzy of arguments on the post, regarding how a woman should and should not dress in public.
To shut his critics up, the star cricketer tweeted:
In all this hatred, however, there were also some people who defended Pathan’s wife and called out the people who were posting hate comments.
As absurd as it seems, this isn’t the first time a woman has been policed and shamed for wearing certain kinds of clothes that do not allegedly measure up to the standards of these people who then proceed to tell the woman what or what not to wear on a public post.
A couple of months ago, Priyanka Chopra was shamed for showing her legs during her meeting with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In addition to that, Dangal actress Fatima Sana Shaikh was also shamed for wearing a swimsuit during the month of Ramazan.