Following the President’s nod for the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, which penalises the slaughter of cows, bulls and bullocks, as well as the possession of beef (5 years jail sentence and Rs.10,000 fine), the government is now seeking to set a restriction on thongs and other types of lingerie. Determined to exude influence on all aspects of the citizens’ lives, the government has stated that this new move to ban certain kinds of underwear should be viewed in relation to the ban on certain types of meat and the censorship of a certain “controversial” comedy event.
A government official, who spoke to the media on the condition of anonymity, stated “We aim to ban all types of roasts- comedy and beef”. He added that “This is part of our aim to promote holistic living. The government will not allow the use of indecent clothing; it is an abuse of freedom. We will also be instituting the ‘VIBGYOR Colour a Day’ programme where each colour will be assigned to a particular day. This is to promote uniformity and shift focus from superficial issues such as fashion, to more substantive matters.”
The interviewer drew attention to the fact that this could be viewed as covert approval of the LGBTQ movement, since the rainbow flag is symbolic to the community. Following this revelation, the government official ended the interview abruptly, exclaiming that he had some urgent matters to discuss with the CM.
In other news, the water buffaloes in Maharashtra are unionising to demand being included in the new Act.
Article by Roshini Suparna Diwakar