AIDWA

On Maxim Issue

JOINT PRESS STATEMENT FROM WOMEN'S ORGANISATIONS
   
9 March, 2006  
   
Women's organizations strongly condemn the printing of a morphed image of Brinda Karat, Rajya Sabha MP, in copies of Maxim magazine circulated among advertisers. The offensive photograph exposes a shameful attempt by Maxim magazine to exploit women who have achieved prominence, by portraying them in a demeaning and derogatory way to derive cheap publicity and increase profits. The same magazine is already facing charges by actress Khushboo for similar indecent portrayal, yet it is not deterred from continuing with its objectionable practice.
 
Women's organizations are extremely concerned about the fact that this UK based men's magazine, which is published from over 25 countries, is now seeking to systematically target women from different walks of life for consumption by readership in our country. The editors of Maxim magazine must not be allowed to get away by making the lame excuse that their action does not amount to criminal offense because the indecent images were published in a dummy copy and not released on the news stands.
 
We therefore demand that the Delhi police should immediately arrest all the culprits responsible for the publication, against whom a complaint has been registered already under the Indecent Representation of Women Act.
 
The I&B Ministry should reconsider the licence that has been given to this magazine for bringing out an Indian edition, and move towards canceling it.
 
There should be no delay in taking necessary action and a clear message should be sent out to all such mischievous elements that the image of women cannot be denigrated in this manner.
 
Sudha Sundararaman, All India Democratic Women's Association
Anni Raja, National Federation of Indian Women
Dr. Narain Banerjee, Centre for Women's Development Studies
Mary Khemchand, Young Women's Christian Association of India
Mohini Giri, Guild of Service
Jaya Kothari Pillai, All India Women's Conference
 
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