18-Aug-2017
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TV anchor shuts down sexist guest who told her to come to work in underwear

MUMBAI June 13: A news anchor was told by a sexist guest on her show that she should try coming to work in her underwear if she wants to be considered equal to men.
 
But she completely schooled him. Faye D’Souza, the editor of Mirror Now news channel in India, was hosting a debate about women’s dress in the country.
 
The panellists were discussing actresses Priyanka Chopra, who was trolled for wearing a dress to meet PM Narendra Modi, and Fatima Sana Shaikh, who faced abuse for wearing a swimsuit during Ramadan.
 
While many have condemned the abuse the actresses have faced, one guest, Islamic cleric Maulana Yasoob, was firmly on the side of the trolls.
 
And in order to make his point, he told host D’Souza that if she wants to be treated as an equal, she should try turning up to work in her underwear.
 
D’Souza, shocked, immediately halted the panel – and delivered an incredible take down. ‘Give me two minutes of silence on the panel,’ she said – and the panel immediately hushed.
 
‘Maulana threatened me to show up to my work place in my underwear because I want to be equal to men.
‘This is my temple, this is my workplace.
 
‘He hopes that he will rile me up. He hopes that I will throw a fit, and lose control of my panel – and that I will forget how to do my job.
 
‘Let me tell you Maulana, I have seen lots of men like you. I am not afraid of you, I am not threatened by you, and I am not rattled by you.’
 
As D’Souza continued, Maulana Yasoob looked increasingly uncomfortable. She said: ‘Because you threatened me with something so cheap, you tried to rattle me when I’m doing my job.
 
‘All you men think that if you rattle Sana Fatima when she’s doing her job, if you rattle [actress] Sania Mirza when she’s doing her job, if you rattle all women when they’re doing their jobs, that they will run back into their kitchens and cover themselves up, and leave the world for you again to conquer.
 
‘Well I have news for you – we are not going anywhere. ‘Yes, this is a channel run by a woman. And no – this is not a woman you can easily rattle.’