High Court Rules in Favor of Magazine that Featured Breastfeeding Model:
Between all the controversy, where a Kerala Magazine, Grihalakshmi, faced a lot of backlash on featuring a breastfeeding model on its cover, the Kerala High Court on Thursday dismissed the plea of categorising the cover as obscene. The complaint was raised in March after the cover was published and had mixed reactions of people on the issue.
The HC bench, including Chief Justice Antonio Dominic, said that they don’t see any obscenity in the cover and what may be obscene to someone might be art for the others. On March 1, the cover of the magazine featured the model Gilu Joseph breastfeeding a baby, which led to a debate in the social media, if it was appropriate for such a picture to appear on the cover of the magazine. The captions on the magazine in Malayalam said,” Mothers tell Kerala, ‘please don’t stare, we need to breastfeed’.”
A significant chunk of the social media users even trolled and slut-shamed the model who faced all the harsh comments bravely. After the welcome decision by the High Court, Gilu mentioned that she had been called names and even termed as a porn actor, but she had ‘no regrets’ as her work was for a greater cause. She also added knowing about what she was going to hear from the people, but it was not different from the movies that she had done where she has ‘cared as a mother’.
It is not the first time when an artist has faced the offended groups, and in fact, the instances of such cases have only risen over the past few years. The Kerala High Court has clearly mentioned that one’s moral is an ‘elusive concept’ and that “one man’s vulgarity is another man’s lyric.” Maybe the easily triggered groups will take a hint from the HC message, and we will see lesser instances like this one.
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