“It’s my freedom in what I want to wear."
An Indian woman dubbed the ‘Delhi metro girl’ recently gained attention for her revealing choice of clothing on the metro.
She has gone viral and now, she has responded to the attention.
The young woman has been identified as Rhythm Chanana.
On numerous occasions, she has been seen on the busy metro wearing just a bra and miniskirt. As a result, many have criticised the 19-year-old.
Rhythm has now defended her choice of clothing, saying that she has a right to wear whatever she wants and that she doesn’t care what people think of her.
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Rhythm Chanana defended her choice of attire, saying:
“It’s my freedom in what I want to wear. I am not doing this for a publicity stunt or to become famous.
“I don’t care what people have to say.”
She has also responded to claims that she was copying Uorfi Javed, who is known for her bold fashion choices.
Rhythm continued: “I am not inspired by Uorfi Javed. I didn’t even know who she was until recently a friend showed me her photo.
“However, I look up to her after knowing her story.”
Despite choosing to wear revealing outfits, Rhythm admitted that her traditional family do not agree with her dress choices.
She shared: “This choice didn’t come in a day, it’s a process.
“I also belong to a conservative family where I wasn’t allowed to do what I wanted, hence one day I decided I would do as I wanted since it’s my life.
“I have been travelling like this for many months now. It happened to be viral now.”
The ‘Delhi Metro Girl’ was asked whether she faced any safety issues whilst commuting alone, to which she responded that she had not faced any difficulties to date.
She added that she has mastered how to disregard common remarks, odd stares, and mocking.
Passengers were recently forbidden by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) from recording videos or taking part in any other train-related activities that can offend other travellers.
Rhythm Chanana questioned the DMRC’s application of this regulation and said:
“It’s weird that DMRC has now forgotten their own rule of no videography inside the metro.”
“If they have a problem with my attire, they should also have a problem with those who shot it.”
Meanwhile, the DMRC published a statement on April 3, 2023, in response to the viral video and the accompanying controversy, urging passengers to practise social decency and abide by social customs and standards when using the metro.
The statement read: “Commuters should not indulge in any activity or wear any attire which could offend the sensibilities of other fellow passengers.”