‘Morals’ and the city
Recently the police actually deemed it OK for couples to spend time together in public as long as they behave ‘decently’. A local actress speaks about pre-marital sex being OK and evokes a storm of protest, including a court case. In most other cities, married couples feel comfortable being affectionate with each other in public, but that’s a no-no in Chennai. What gives? The most ridiculous form of hypocrisy, I suspect. Consider this: This is the city whose chief minister has two wives; where many wealthy business people have a ‘chinna veedu’; where the most amount of extra-marital sex takes place according to national research by a leading magazine; and whose citizens behave very differently when in foreign countries. So why do we hold on to so called ‘morals’ which, in fact, actually detract from a healthy relationship between young men and women in most schools and colleges? When will this self imposed restriction end?