Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated yesterday that the minimum marriageable age for a woman should be raised from 18 years to 21 years. This change came from the awareness from a program for crimes against women “Samman.” Further, he also announced a new system that will be put into effect in which any woman that leaves her house for work will register herself at the local police station and will be tracked for ‘safety.’ The one thing wrong with this entire statement of expected change is that tracking any individual is inherently an invasion of their privacy, hence this news hasn’t gone so well with people:
Who comes up with these utterly regressive thoughts?
👉We will track what you are eating
👉We will track who you marry
👉We will track what you are wearing
👉We will track what you are are watching on TV
👉We will track where you go to work pic.twitter.com/bi9LN1PoSE
— Dhruv Rathee 🇮🇳 (@dhruv_rathee) January 13, 2021
The tracking part is scary. How can anyone guarantee who is accessible to these information on tracking gals. It’s breach of privacy as well.
— PV (@theLothlorien) January 13, 2021
What’s next? Putting a curfew? Women should be back in house by 8 pm. For their own safety. Ghar ko bhi hostel bna do.
— Ratnajee Shyamkunwar (@RickyAShyamkuwr) January 13, 2021
Instead of tracking women, If they just track all BJP politicians and their supporters,
90% of women crime can be prevented.🤷🤦 pic.twitter.com/21neYOc275
— Anurag (@Anuragkukreti7) January 13, 2021
(2/2) We see an increase crime against women from people in authoritarian positions itself. So, where is the sanctity in this program. In many cases, it will amount to disaster more than protection.
— Sunitha (@Sunithablogger) January 13, 2021
As @lipstickpatrol rightly said, this is possibly how it will play out:
Those who register will be under surveillance & data of their whereabout used as blackmail/pressure/further harassment tool
Those who refuse to register will be blamed for their own sexual assault by men
— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) January 13, 2021
This is how this will go: women that refuse to register themselves (as is their right) and end up getting assaulted/harassed will be blamed for it because they didn’t let the government “track” them. Alternatively, this “tracking” system will be another way to harass women https://t.co/XH3XEIRmDS
— দ্যাট বিচ 💅🏽💄 (@lipstickpatrol) January 13, 2021
“she will be tracked for her safety”
how soon before that tracking turns into stalking? women will be safe the day men stop trying to control them pic.twitter.com/vb5ZlSKNQo
— Dingus🌸 (@OGkifarkpenda) January 13, 2021
I can say a lot about how tracking women’s movements is surveillance that does not keep them safe and instead controls their bodily autonomy, but I already wrote an entire research paper on it, so feel free to read it here and share:https://t.co/hy2mBgBrd1
— Radhika Radhakrishnan (@so_radhikal) January 13, 2021
Why don’t you register men and track their crimes? What sort of bullshit is registering women and tracking them?
— मेघा (@GhumakkadChoree) January 13, 2021
Well, hard to comprehend that this is what they thought off to solve crimes against women.