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What We Learn From Faye D’Souza’s Takedown Of Man’s Underwear Jibes 

Being a woman in India means being constantly told what you should wear and how you should behave. After the ‘guardians of women’s modesty’ trolled Priyanka Chopra for wearing a dress in front of PM Modi and Fatima Sana Shaikh for wearing a swimsuit during the month of Ramzan, a Muslim cleric told a female anchor to wear underwear and come to work if she wants to be equal to men.

Yes, with bizarre logic, Yasoob Abbas said, “Underwear pehen ke aaye, tab mard aur aurat barabar ho jayenge.” (Come to work wearing underwear, if you want to be equal to men).

His comment came after Faye D’Souza, the anchor, said that women have the freedom to wear whatever they want to and they do not need to ask anyone if they can or cannot wear something.

Retaining her composure, Faye did not get angry at Yasoob Abbas as she would’ve been entitled to do, but very calmly made the point that she is not threatened or rattled by by him. She also said that she has seen many like him.

Not stopping there, she further shut him up by saying that she stands by Priyanka Chopra and Fatima Sana because she believed that they had the right to wear whatever they wanted to.

If you think you can rattle women while they are doing their job and they will run back into their kitchens, cover themselves up and leave the world for you to conquer, then I have news for you – we are not going anywhere.


With carefully chosen words, Faye shut the trolls right up and exposed his bigoted mentality.

You go girl!

Faye kept her calm and even pacified the other panellists over this sexist comment, but then tore into him herself and left him shocked and silent. (Twitter)

Mirror Now’s anchor Faye D’Souza on Friday silenced Maulana Yasoob Abbas over his comments on her show. Faye was hosting a debate over the incessant online trolling that Dangal star Sana Fatima Sheikh was facing due to her pictures on social media, where she is seen wearing a bikini. Trolls were visibly upset over the pictures due to her choice of doing so during the month of Ramzan. During the heated debate, Maulana shouted, “I am telling you, wear an underwear and come. You will become equal to men. Wear an underwear and come to debate. There will be equality between men and women”, Faye kept her calm and even pacified the other panellists over this sexist comment, but then tore into him herself and left him shocked and silent.

She said, “He (Maulana) hopes that he will rile me up. He hopes that I will throw a fit, and I will lose control of my panel and forget how to do my job. Let me tell you Maulana ji, I have seen the likes of you. I am not afraid of you, I am not threatened by you, I am not rattled by you…. All you men think that if you rattle Sana Fatima when she is doing her job, if you rattle Sania Mirza while she is doing her job, if you rattle women then they will run back into their kitchens and leave the world for you again to conquer, I have news for you, we are not going anywhere.”

Women athletes and actors have been subjected to much criticism when it comes to their choice of dresses. Earlier, tennis star Sania Mirza had been subjected to a lot of online trolling due to her attire while playing the game.Priyanka Chopra is another name that comes to mind, who had to face trolling due to her choice of attire during her meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently. However, it was Faye who actually ended up striking one back for women.


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