Ever since Deepika Padukone appeared on Koffee With Karan and revealed that she casually dated for a while before committing to Ranveer Singh, she has been slut-shamed and harassed left, right and centre. Yes, Deepika has been seen with a bunch of different men over the years. But should that make her a subject of social ridicule? No.
However, students from Banaras Hindu University allegedly organized a skit for a social event wherein they tried to take a funny dig at Deepika Padukone’s dating history. In the video, we see a student dressed up as Mastani from Bajirao Mastani and on the screen behind the student, we see pictures of Deepika with different men being displayed.
We also see other male students dressed as men, who were previously associated with Deepika, parading themselves on the stage. Have a look at the video here:
This BHU , Varanasi Uttar Pradesh
Memes are ok But This is character assassination of Indian actress Deepika Padukone!
It's just show the mindset of cheapest! It's shameful act! pic.twitter.com/KhK3oQrulX
— Ashish Singh (@AshishSinghKiJi) November 8, 2023
On the outside, it may seem as though the students are trying to make fun of Deepika’s dating history. But if you think further, you will realise that this perpetuates harmful stereotypes. A woman casually dating and being seen with multiple men is not considered a ‘good woman’. This is downright character assassination and it is disgusting.
Several people online came to Deepika’s support and slammed the students for putting up a skit that is so distasteful. Have a look at some of the reactions here:
A r@pe incident happened at this uni sometime ago. Now I know why
— Rishi (@Messilicious_) November 8, 2023
The fact that this was organised by one of the finest educational institutions of India. SHAMEFUL!!
— Fizzzzz 💫 (@ImSfizzaa) November 8, 2023
This is pathetic on a whole new level!
— Tanya Rajhans (@tanyarajhans7) November 8, 2023
How did the professors even allow it ?
— Raj B (@bhargav238) November 8, 2023
It’s literally very very shameful it’s not a joke anymore
— Chesta Gupta (@simp_lyliving) November 8, 2023
So bad.. is this the level where somebody can go. Very bad. She is fighting her own battle and upon that she should watch these all. Remember she is also a daughter of somebody, wife, sister. Respect women.
— THOUSIF ZIYA (@thousifziya) November 8, 2023
This behaviour getting normalised in a university shows university is filled with future molestors, incels, abusers and sexist men. God bless their mother and sisters.
— Daily DeepVeer (@DailyDeepveer) November 8, 2023
What are your views regarding this incident?