When it comes to issues pertaining to women, Kerala IPS officer Merin Joseph is not one to mince words.
Recently, an article that appeared on a regional news website (bhaskar.com) had her fuming. The article, titled '10 Most Beautiful IAS and IPS Officers in India' irked Joseph who asked on a Facebook post why such a post on men IPS or IAS officers never feature in media.
Accusing the media, especially the regional media of "reducing a lady's worth to her face value" she went on to point out what is wrong with the media that, in pursuit of increasing clicks, likes and shares, cares little for substance and merit.
The website seems to have removed the article after Joseph's post on the same went viral.
Following is what she posted on Facebook:
This perfectly sums up what is wrong with the press in India, especially the vernacular press. Shameless objectification of women and propagation of patriarchal structures, reducing a lady's worth to her face value. These are bold and brave officers working in the complex bureaucratic system in India, negotiating their way through the good , bad and ugly of our body politic- and here we have a list of officers whom people can ogle at. It's seriously disgusting, constricting and very very demeaning to our identities as smart, intelligent self made women. Have you ever wondered why we never see a list of the most handsome males in the IAS and IPS ??