Television actress Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya, who has been part of daily soaps and reality shows for over a decade, currently hosts "Crime Patrol Satark: Women Against Crime", a special series that presents a comprehensive and dramatised account of crimes such as rape, molestation, murder, and child abuse, in an effort to act as an eye-opener.
When a fan asked her why she doesn’t wear a ‘dupatta’ while hosting the show, Divyanka had a classy reply.
The fan tweeted, "Crime Patrol episode me aap dupatta kyu nahi pahanati hai (Why don't you wear a dupatta in the episodes of Crime Patrol)?", to which the actress replied, "Taaki aap jaise bin dupatte ki ladkiyon ko bhi izzat se dekhne ki aadat dalein! Kripya khud ki aur apne aas paas ke ladkon ki neeyat sudharen, na ki aurat jaat ke pehnaave ka beda uthaayen! Mera shareer, meri aabru, meri marzi! Aap ki sharaafat, aap ki marzi!”
Translation: So that people like you learn to respect women even without a dupatta. I request you not to take upon the mantle of what a women should wear upon you, and rather change the way you and others look at women. My body, my honour, my wish! Your decency, your wish!"
When another user defended the fan by tweeting, "Madam ji, you pointed fingers at Ghanshyam Ji's character but it could be a possibility that he likes to see you with a dupatta, to which Divyanka stated, "Yes, it is possible! If he is a fan then salute to that love. But questioning women's clothing has become a thing of the past. We can discuss acting, science, politics, history, geography on many subjects. Dupatta is a very trivial subject compared to that."
Divyanka became popular in the fiction space with roles in shows such as "Ye Hai Mohabbatein" and "Banoo Main Teri Dulhann". Her fans loved her equally for competing in the dance-based show "Nach Baliye" and hosting "The Voice".
She feels that there are some women who lead a certain lifestyle and "people around them have a fixated mindset about women behaving in a certain manner".
"Sometimes women are unable to share their stories of molestation or torture for a long time. Then the problem aggravates. If one woman doesn't speak, 10 others don't speak up. If one speaks up, others get the courage to follow suit. This is the cause I am working for through 'Crime Patrol'," Divyanka told IANS.
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