Now, now, that's just my coarse sense of humour at work - this post is about Khushboo (the film actress) and her much-maligned statements on pre-marital sex.
For the uninitiated, bit of background: in the Tamil edition of 'India Today', Khushboo aired her views on practising safe sex, whether it be after marriage, or before. She also went on to say that 'no educated man should expect his wife to be a virgin'. Her statements were the cue for all sort of political parties to jump into the fray, and begin the usual nonsense - burn effigies, shout slogans and make life hell.
Now, the question: why do we have this piece of parchment called the Constitution - does it have no more value than toilet paper? If it does, then the words 'freedom of speech' on it ought to mean something too. Freedom of speech is not saying 'good morning' to my professor at college, or doing chamchagiri to some geezer in khadi ; it's also my cue to comment on controversial issues. As long as my statement do not constitute libel, I have the right to say it. And in essence, even if you disagree what Khushboo said, that's all she did - give her opinion on something.
Pray, why does the topic of pre-marital sex raise the devil? After all, in today's metro-sexual India, pre-marital sex is very much a reality. I strongly suspect the reason for such vehement protests is that a woman had dared to talk openly about sex (pre-marital at that too!). After all, talking openly about sex is taboo, and not 'part of Indian Culture'. Never mind the fact that we have the second-highest population in the world - the lights were off then!
All this 'sexy' talk aside, the issue is really one of change. On one side we have the old fuddy-duddies who'd love to see Sati & child-marriages reinstated (part of culture, you know), who'd encourage dowry, believe that women should only sit at home, cook and bear children (I earn enough !!) and would rather have sons than daughters; on the other end, we have folks who believe in change, increasingly decide what to do themselves without binding themselves to dumb superstitions and are individualistic. The old order (and I do not mean the aged, necessarily) is threatened, for they do not want to see the world changed. And they know in the back of their minds, that change it will, for change is inevitable.
The more fuss they make, the more scared they are. Let them fuss and rant - the battles might be theirs, but the war is ours.