Television fame Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya has not been the one to get bogged down by trolls. Being a celebrity, she’s often been on the receiving of criticism and has learnt the art of comebacks. The actor, who hosted a crime-based show on TV, was questioned by a social media user recently, “Crime petrol episode me aap dupataa kyu nahi pahanati hai(Why didn’t you wear a dupatta in the episode?)”, to which she replied, “Taaki aap jaise bin dupatte ki ladkiyon ko bhi izzat se dekhne ki aadat dalein!(So that people like you learn to respcect women irrespective of whether they’re wearing a dupatta or not)”
Tripathi, 36, got her due in the industry with shows like Yeh Hain Mohabbatein and Banoo Main Teri Dulhann. The talent powerhouse recently shared the reason behind her terse reply to the tweet. In an interview, Dahiya mentioned that as a celebrity, she’s always under scrutiny, so it wasn’t something new for her. She also went on to add that the strong character roll that she essayed in the show triggered her this response.
What did Tripathy say?
“As celebrities, we’re bound to catch the eye of many and are constantly under the radar. I, however, have always been against trolls who specifically target women. I teach them how to be. It’s not that I’m a hardcore feminist… I believe in equal treatment for men and women,” she says.
“When the troll questioned me about the absence of my Dupatta, it triggered me because what I was preaching in the show was an absolute opposite of it,” she adds, asserting that a woman’s dressing should be according to her choice and not how people want to see them. Social norms differ according to regions and surroundings. Besides, a lot also depends on one’s learning through growing up years. So, no one can truly say what dress or behavior is right or wrong. The world is grey that way,” she added.
She also added that women are attacked every time Indian culture is a topic of discussion.
“It really annoys me that during discussions on such topics, women are the first target for correction. I feel, if a person finds a dress inappropriate, they must work on getting some world exposure,” she concludes.