All of us who have been reading and following the recent developments in the Kerala Law Academy (KLA) would have already developed our view points on it. Some of us might be supporting the students, some of us might be supporting the principal, and some of us might be playing the smart ones by trying to find peace with both sides. One thing is for sure, not many of us know the actual situation, we just have exposure to what the media has been telling us – I fall in this category.
I am not an expert to talk about any of the incidents that have been occurring on the KLA premises, but there is something that has been bothering me. Many of us know the principal, Dr. Lekshmi Nair, as a renowned TV personality. Ever since the outburst about the recent developments at KLA, this woman has been subjected to some really nasty comments – on her dress, her colouring, her makeup and even her physique. She has had to undergo terrible body shaming in the name of an incident that is not related to her looks at all. (After all, no agitation should be instigated by virtue of a person’s appearance).
Starting from when I was little, I have been coached on how to talk, walk, and dress up. I was supposed to look lean, tall, and beautiful. But at the same time, I was not supposed to dress up good enough to cause any provocation, since that could lead to rape and death or shame to the whole family! I have been coached to raise my opinion whenever I felt like. But when I started speaking out, the coaches would teach me on how exactly I was supposed to raise it – politely with a very sweet voice, and if possible by standing up and looking down!