Cr-ass billboards mushroom in city, but BBMP is blissfully unaware of them

Cr-ass billboards mushroom in city, but BBMP is blissfully unaware of them

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-05-18 10:19 Bengaluru: Sexually-suggestive hoardings put up by clothing companies at a few places in the city have become talking points in the city, with women activists and residents saying that they demean women. Remarkably, the BBMP feigned ignorance about the existence of such hoardings which activists say violates several laws.One such hoarding can be seen at the busy Trinity Circle. The hoarding put-up by a clothing company features a scantily clad model with the tag line, “What an Ass!” Another hoarding near Cantonment Railway Station features a man and woman sleeping in a provocative position.In order to put an end to such hoardings deemed vulgar by the BBMP, a few months ago the BBMP standing committee on taxation and finance had passed a resolution to remove such hoardings as it is punishable under the Karnataka Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement) Act. But it seems the BBMP has forgotten its own Act.When contacted, R Laskhmidevi, Joint Commissioner, Advertisement Department, BBMP east, said the civic body “doesn’t give permission” for such hoardings. “I am not aware of this obscene hoarding near Trinity circle. I will talk to the officials of my department and take action,” said the official. Brijesh Kalappa, a senior advocate, reacting to the hoardings with a Facebook post on Tuesday: “Shocking!! This advertisement is not permissible in a civilised world. Women just cannot be treated as commodities!!”KS Vimala of Janwadi Mahila Sanghatane said such obscene hoardings were a violation of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986.“If BBMP says that they are unaware of this hoarding, then how did they give permission to this company? In such a case, even BBMP has violated the Act. When they give official permission, don’t they check the message the hoarding will send to the society? A woman is a human being, not a commodity,” said Vimala, and called for strict action against the companies. Vaishnavi G, a degree student from Mount Carmel College, said: “How can the company think of putting up such obscene hoardings just to attract customers? Such hoardings will give a wrong message that we women are a commodity for men.”Another city resident, Sakshi, a techie and a mother of two children, said; “I don’t know whether to blame the officials who gave permission or the company which put up this kind of hoarding. I am more worried about what message my children will get from this?”