On December 2nd, 2015 Mumbai based- resident Mona Joshi went shopping for a ghagra at Kalki Fashion in Santacruz, Mumbai.
Not being able to find her size, she sought the sales rep for help. When he stated that there were no dresses in her size Mona asked so what were women her size supposed to do?
‘Go to the gym’ he retorted!
‘The moment he made that remark, I was in complete shock for a while. I felt ashamed for some reason, like I made a mistake by asking him for a garment in my size. In that moment I felt like I deserved that comment,’ Joshi stated.
Luckily her friend Shresht Poddar decided to report the incident to the owner of Kalki Fashion via email.
‘I felt a little angry for leaving that store without showing my discomfort with that comment because I knew that the man did not register that what he said was wrong, and that he would say something like that again to another girl’, Joshi added.
Here’s what the store had to say,
‘I went to the store and they were apologetic for what had happened. The store manager and owner were there. They had already spoken to the sales person even before I got there. The good thing about this whole incident was that after receiving Shresht’s email, the owner not only apologized for what happened, he took it upon himself to right the wrong that was done. Body image issues crop up because of such body shaming, from strangers and sometimes from loved ones too. It is your responsibility to speak up, not standing up against injustice is as wrong as doing it,’ Joshi concluded.
What’s the point? The harm is done. But it’s nice to see the internet worked up about the issue and defending the girl by all means . Looks like dawn is breaking indeed!
FYI: Mona, you are perfect just the way you are!
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