The officials of Bangkok have perpetually shifted the blame to women’s sexual harassment to their dressing, sentiments that have been received with a lot of criticism from the women quarters.
In the recent 3-day-holiday Songkran festivals, there were a lot of allegations about the misconduct of men towards women. It does not go down well with women in Thai that they should carry the cross and the perpetrators to walk away without punishment.
According to Cindy Sirinya Bishop, an Asian American celebrity and host of the Asia’s Next Top Model, men should hold their hands against violence. She insists that women have a right to dress as they please as long as they are within the law.
Cindy launched a social media campaign on Instagram (#DontTellMeHowToDress) that has attracted more than 100,000 viewers. She claims that many women don’t come out to speak about the harassment because of the conservative nature of Thai.
The claims by Cindy are supported by the findings that Women and men Progressive Movement Foundation where they reported about the harassment in Sangkran. Out of the 1650 women who were harassed, only a handful filed a statement with the police.