Sri Lanka considers banning mini-skirts

Govt receiving complaints calling for a ban on wearing revealing clothing in public.


Afp January 03, 2011

Sri Lanka said Monday it was considering banning mini-skirts following complaints about women wearing skimpy clothing in the conservative island nation.

Nimal Rubasinghe, secretary of the Cultural Affairs Ministry, said the government had received representatives calling for a ban on wearing revealing clothing in public, though he declined to name the groups involved.

"There have been complaints from various quarters about mini-skirts, but we are only considering them and no final decision has been taken," Rubasinghe told AFP.

Rubasinghe was responding to a media report that said the government had asked a committee to prepare a dress code for public places to ensure that mini-skirts were outlawed. The Lakbima News newspaper said mini-skirts could be banned if the cultural ministry had its way under a "new era of moral purity."

President Mahinda Rajapakse's government has recently ordered the removal of billboards featuring scantily-clad women and also launched a campaign to discourage the use of alcohol and tobacco.

Last year, US singer Akon was denied a visa to perform in Sri Lanka after Buddhist monks took offence at one of his videos that featured women in bikinis dancing around a pool in front of a Buddha statue.

COMMENTS (16)

Abdul-Mughis Rana | 10 years ago | Reply Good Sri Lanka, keep moving ahead.
santoshouille | 10 years ago | Reply Mini -Skirt is something which isn't applicable or acceptable in Sir-Lankan's atmosphere . In fact , People of Sri-Lanka have a very traditional cultures ,norms,values,customs and beliefs which can't be altered in anyways . Simply ; This isn't not part of Sri-Lankan's revolution .Respect for their culture is a intergal part of their life.
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