Skimpily clad girls dancing to raunchy Hindi film numbers in a “temple of justice” is not something one would expect in these days of gender sensitisation in the wake of the Nirbhaya gang-grape incident in the Capital. But this is exactly what the Patiala House Courts complex here provided a setting for on Wednesday afternoon.
To the surprise and embarrassment of many advocates, judges and others -- including about a dozen women lawyers -- the “Holi Milan” celebration organised by the New Delhi Bar Association quickly transformed into a vulgar skin show with some Bar members joining the dance girls on stage.
Union Law Minister Kapil Sibal, who was the chief guest at the event, said he left the venue before any of this had started. “I was there in the beginning. I said my piece and left after reciting two of my poems. I was out in 10 minutes,” he told The Hindu .
Asked whether he knew that a dance programme was also scheduled, Mr. Sibal replied in the negative. Some senior judicial officers who were invited to the programme also left before the sleaze show began. The newly-elected Delhi High Court Bar president Rajiv Khosla announced a helpline for lawyers at the function.
The few women lawyers who were present left as the raunchiness unveiled. “It was on the verge of obscenity,”' said one of them. “That some of the male members of our fraternity were clearly enjoying the show of flesh – unmindful of our presence – was disconcerting; more so because it was within the court premises which is also our workspace and during working hours.”