A young IPS officer in Kerala has taken strong objection to a newspaper report on most beautiful female IAS and IPS officers in India.
Hindi Daily Bhaskar had carried a report titled ’10 most beautiful IAS and IPS female officers in India.’
Joseph posted the link to the report on her Facebook page with the following reaction;
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 very demeaning to our identities as smart, intelligent self made women. Have you ever wondered why we never see a list of the most handsome males in the IAS and IPS ??
This is not the first time Joseph has been in the news. In July, she had caused controversy after she posted a photo with popular southern actor Nivin Pauly.
She was criticised for having breached the service rules by having a photo clicked in uniform.
Ever since she joined the Kerala cadre as a trainee officer, social media has been abuzz with discussions on her looks.
It appears that Bhaskar has, since then, removed the story from its website.