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By Ridham Gambhir

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When a comment blaming something as basic and necessary as condom is used as a reason for inciting rapes, one knows that such a bizarre comment can come only from our Indian politicians.

Barkha Singh

Today, ex-DCW chief Barkha Singh has made headlines by the virtue of her statement that Manforce condom ads featuring Sunny Leone are “disgusting and dirty” and ought to be banned by the government.

Singh’s contemplation on such advertisements didn’t stop with words such as “dirty” and “disgusting”; she went on to say, “the shabby, ugly or immoral way the actress seduces or sexually provokes a man in the advertisement to use condoms is nothing but serving immorality and bad practice to the audience of the country which is not acceptable in a country of moral values, ethics, religious values and spiritualism renowned as abode of gods around the globe.”

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Her statements put stress on the sacredness of India and its rich cultural heritage. However, Singh has forgotten the fact that this nation of “religious values and spiritualism” is the author of Kama Sutra, a witness of the heinous December 16 rape case and a lot many after it.

She records that India is a country of moral values and renowned as an “abode of gods” overlooking the historical Khajurao temples which are embellished with sexual carvings. Moreover, is the Congress leader being ignorant of the fact that India’s huge population didn’t fall from trees, the mechanism for it is sex which is an omnipresent reality.

Kavita Krishnan, Secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association in conversation with NewsGram said: “Such a statement by Barkha Singh reflects her atrocious sexist attitude. If she is blaming a woman for her sensuality today, she might blame girls who wear short skirts/shorts for inciting men to rape them.”

Singh is not alone when it comes to maintaining such thoughts. Atul Anjan, a senior CPI leader yesterday accused atul_anjanSunny Leone for her ‘seductive demeanor ‘ and blames the ‘obscenity’ of the ad for misguiding men.

While Condom Bindaas Bol – (Say Condoms Freely), a campaign launched in India to encourage use of condoms won a United Nations award for excellence in campaigns, here we are snubbing and sidelining the entire concept of condom on the grounds that it is played out by a woman who has a history of working in porn movies and is now a part of the Bollywood industry.

Both these politicians reprove Sunny Leone for her ‘eroticism’ and the ‘idea of sex’ that is played out in the advert. So if a condom advert cannot talk about sex is it supposed to discuss Sensex and Nifty?

Ranveer Singh also campaigned for Durex condoms by popularizing the line “Do the rex”. The former hasn’t been accused of obscenity or vulgarity. Is case of a woman expressing her sexual desires so problematic that our eminent leaders want a ban over it?

Welcome to India! We want to decrease our population, but we want to ban condom advertisements. We rape our women but our country is an “abode of spirituality and religious values”. Maggi banned, porn banned, India’s Daughter banned. Is condom next in the hitlist?

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  • Neeru Bahl

    A nice write up , pointing out our double standards!

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“Being a Mother Helped Me Change And Evolve”: Sunny Leone

Not just managing a career, but also enjoying a time being a mother of three -- something that has helped my change and evolve: Sunny Leone

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Sunny Leone is happy being a mother of 3 kids. Flickr
Sunny Leone is happy being a mother of 3 kids. Flickr

Sunny Leone, who started off as an adult film star and ventured into Bollywood with “Jism 2” in 2012, is right now in love with her life as it is unfolding. She is not just managing a career, but also enjoying her time being a mother of three — something that has helped her change and evolve.

The Canadian-born Indian-American actress was named Penthouse Pet of the Year in 2003 and shifted her focus to mainstream acting in Hindi films with “Jism 2”, following it up with “Ragini MMS 2”, “Ek Paheli Leela”, “Kuch Kuch Locha Hai”, “Mastizaade” and “Tera Intezaar”.

Asked if she feels content when she looks back at her journey from Karenjit Kaur Vohra to Sunny Leone, she told IANS in an e-mail interview from Los Angeles: “Yes, because I love my life now.”

Her life has inspired a digital platform series titled “Karenjit Kaur: The Untold Story of Sunny Leone”.

Sunny Leone adopted 3 kids. Wikimedia Commons
Sunny Leone adopted 3 kids. Wikimedia Commons

Did she have any initial apprehensions about putting her entire life out for the world to know?

“Yes, many. But what swayed me to do it is that the story would be told in a way that I was comfortable with… the true story and not something that people believe it to be,” said Sunny, who entered Indian showbiz via a stint in the reality TV show “Bigg Boss 5”.

Last year, the actress, who is married to Daniel Weber, took everyone by surprise when she announced that she and her husband had adopted girl child named Nisha from a village in Latur. Another surprise came in March, when she shared that the two had extended their brood by including two more children — sons Noah and Asher — via surrogacy.

Sunny, who is currently seen hosting season 11 of youth-based reality show “Splitsvilla” on MTV, says motherhood has changed her.

Sunny, who is currently seen hosting season 11 of youth-based reality show "Splitsvilla" on MTV, says motherhood has changed her.
Sunny, who is currently seen hosting season 11 of youth-based reality show “Splitsvilla” on MTV, says motherhood has changed her.

“I have changed and evolved but I believe (it has happened) for the better. I look at all three of them and am completely, utterly in love with them,” she said.

With three toddlers to give attention to, will her career slow down?

“I believe I am the best mother I can be if I am working and spending time with them. I love my job and I hope my children grow up to be just as hardworking as my husband and I,” said Sunny.

The 37-year-old actress says Daniel and she have scheduled their “time carefully so that our children do not ever feel a lack of attention, care or love”.

Ever since her debut in Bollywood, Sunny has faced flak, trolls and criticism. She finds it immature and not necessary.

Also Read: The Idea of Sunny Leone’s Biopic “Karenjit Kaur” Came Over a Cup of Coffee: Hitendra Kapopara

“I try to brush it off and move past the hate always. I believe myself not to be a negative person so I have to find the positives in life and in people to do my job. That will never change in me. But I am affected and more annoyed from time to time at the nonsense the media comes up with or random groups come up with. It is immature and not necessary,” she said. (IANS)