While there are still times when female law enforcement officials are the targets of sexist remarks, the last entity you expect to be hurling the misogyny is a newspaper.
Merin Joseph, an officer an India, found it incredibly demeaning when she saw that publisher Dainik Bhaskar recently featured her in an article called "10 Most Beautiful Female IAS and IPS Officers in India."
The 26-year-old brilliantly shut down the sexism in a Facebook post.
"This perfectly sums up what is wrong with the press in India, especially the vernacular press," Joseph wrote on Facebook. "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."
Women and men in India commented on the Facebook post and praised her standing up to the sexism in the media. Dainik Bhaskar eventually removed the article from their website.
This isn't the first time Joseph was objectified online. Two years ago, an Internet rumor that Joseph was named the new assistant commissioner of police (ACP) in Kochi prompted some men to comment on her photo with sexist remarks such as "they wouldn't mind getting arrested by her."
"As a civil servant, we are public figures. At the end of the day, we are in the public domain. I was just upset about the form in which it reached me," she told The Hindu in 2014. "They (these posts) said that I had taken charge as the ACP, Kochi, and it was incorrect. I was still a trainee then and I clarified it as soon as possible."
A Plus reached out to Joseph for a comment.