With India gripped by a rape epidemic, Mahesh Sharma, from the ruling right-wing Hindu national BJP, said tourists should not wear dresses or skirts.
Indian tourism minister, Mahesh Sharma (left) with the Aga Khan, (center) and Luis Monreal, general manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
INDIA’S TOURISM AND Culture minister is back-pedaling furiously after suggesting female foreign tourists should not wear skirts in the country.
Speaking to journalists in the north Indian city of Agra on Sunday, Mahesh Sharma said tourists would be handed a list of “dos and don’ts”advice at airports.
These are very small things like, they should not venture out alone at night in small places, or wear skirts, and they should click the photo of the vehicle number plate whenever they travel and send it to friends.
“For their own safety, women foreign tourists should not wear short dresses and skirts,” he added. “Indian culture is different from the western.”
Sharma’s comments came under fire in India and abroad, given the string of gang rapes against foreign women in the country in recent years – including two last month.
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