Kerala IPS officer Merin Joseph slams sexist article listing 'beautiful officers'

| Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 13:10
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New Delhi: Kerala cadre IPS officer Merin Joseph has slammed an article written by a news website, titled “10 Most Beautiful IAS and IPS Officers in India”.

Merin, Assistant Superintendent of Police of Munnar, Kerala, took to Facebook to express her disappointment over the matter.

She asked why one never sees a list of the most handsome males in the IAS and IPS.

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“Have you ever wondered why we never see a list of the most handsome males in the IAS and IPS?” she wrote on Facebook.

She blamed the Indian media especially the vernacular press for “shameless” objectification of women and propagation of patriarchal structures.

“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 demeaning to our identities as smart, intelligent self made women,” said Joseph.

The post has garnered a lot of support and has gone viral on social media.


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To my fellow Indians I say

To my fellow Indians I say you to read what the article in about. Beauty with Brains: Meet These IAS, IPS Officers of India Who are an Inspiration to Every Woman. This is heading of article. Merin is the youngest IPS Officer in the Kerala Cadre and passed UPSC exam in the year 2012 in her first attempt at the age of 25. She was in the news after her photograph with Malayalam film industry's rising star Nivin Pauly went viral on social media. this shows, there is no dearth of women who are accepting this challenging job and some of them are perfect example of beauty with brains.. This is very casual article I feel with not overstepping line applauding them. They didn't bring down the modesty of women, and self -respect anywhere I feel.

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