“Chammak Challo”: Not as Cool as it Sounds to be
nisha tyagi 12 Sep 2017

“Chammak Challo”: Not as Cool as it Sounds to be

The impact of Bollywood is easily visible in the day-to-day life yet it may not always end up as a cool example for people to follow. Trivializing women’s identity and dignity is an age old practice in the film industry yet there is always the line demarcating the real from the reel. 

In a recent news that surfaces from the Thane region in Mumbai court has passed a verdict against a man who used the word “chammak challo” for women. The court has stated in its verdict that the word amounts to “insulting a woman’s modesty”. A magistrate awarded simple imprisonment to the resident “till the court rises” along with the fine of Rs 1 for the offense. It was found that the accused was the neighbor of the women who dragged him to the court after she couldn’t succeed in filing a complaint against him to the police. As stated in her complaint while returning from a morning walk on January 9, 2009, she stumbled upon a garbage bin kept on the staircase by the accused and it was then when he outraged her modesty by yelling out the derogatory word “chammak challo”. It was only after eight long years that the final verdict is out as the Judicial Magistrate RT Ingale pointed out that the man has committed an offense under section 509 of IPC that covers the use of word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman. He also maintained in his order that “It is a Hindi word. There is no word for it in English. The said word is to be understood in the Indian society by its use. Generally, this word is used to insult a woman. It is not a word for causes irritation and anger to any woman,”. 

Use of such derogatory words in the movies and songs is not a new thing but we have come a long way scrutinizing our law in order to put a check on their use in the society so as to protect women from falling prey to a social environment that finds its roots embedded in the not so real world of movies. While the verdict of the court has conveyed out to the masses that the law stands strong to protect the rights of the women yet the long time taken to deliver the justice could be an issue of concern and it's very much possible that such cases can and should be dealt at a faster pace. 

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