Pune: A high ranking Army officer from the city-based Military Institute of Technology (MILIT), near Khadakwasla, has been posted out, allegedly after a Ladies’ Meet (a party meant only for officers’ wives) with a raunchy ‘Fifty Shades of Red’ theme, was organised on the campus.
According to sources, the party was organised on November 8. To make the Ladies’ Meet look raunchy, a bed with rose petals was placed in the middle of the hall with handcuffs placed on them.
Enticing cutouts and silhouettes of women and placards with naughty messages made up the rest of the decor of the party venue.
The wives of young officers studying at the institute were invited to attend this informal party.
Some of them later objected, following which an enquiry was conducted by the headquarters in Delhi and the officer was transferred.
A senior officer told Sakal Times, “Some ladies found it indecent. Many photographs of the party were circulated on WhatsApp.”
“Though the officer has been transferred, it is not mentioned that this party is the reason, as that is never stated,” he further added.
“But indeed, an enquiry was done in the matter and it is said that the blame fell on the officer, as his wife had invited the ladies, who termed it as honeymoon theme,” the senior officer further added.
Talked about parties
However, there are others who said that such parties are common and attended by ladies only. “Recent instances of Ladies’ Meet being in the news include theme parties on Radhe Maa, in which all ladies were dressed in red like the self-styled spiritual leader; another one, which celebrated the famous actress Mandakini in her typical saree style; and a party themed on Army itself, in which the women wore military decorations of their husband’s uniform as accessories.”
“Pictures of these parties were also widely circulated through WhatsApp,” said an Army officer’s wife, on condition of anonymity.
Better safe than sorry?
She further added, “However, the officer never decides the theme and the decor. Only the senior most officer’s wife decides it and oversees all the preparation.” Discussions were rife on social media, with some voicing their concern that this transfer may lead to snooping on such parties, as there are not enough entertainment avenues at military camps, which are mostly located outside cities.
“This transfer has the potential to start a new trend in fauj -- the officer might keep a check on a party meant to be an informal party for women, just to be on the safer side,” another Army wife lamented.
When contacted, Army authorities opined, “As there have been several cases of moral turpitude, we want to be careful.”
What is a ladies meet?
† It is an informal party held every month in a particular military campus or station, meant for the wives of the Army officers posted there.
† Groups of women take turns to organise it every month, and each party has a different theme.
† Those invited are encouraged to dress according to the theme.
† The venue of the party, usually the officers’ mess or a hall inside the campus, is also decorated according to the theme.