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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Safety tip from India's tourism minister: Don't wear skirts

Posted by Anup Baral August 30, 2016 : Don't wear skirts - this piece of advice is in the list of dos and dont's handed to tourists on their arrival in India, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma has said. (Audio in Hindi)Don't wear skirts - this piece of advice is in the list of dos and dont's handed to tourists on their arrival in India, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma has said.
Mahesh Sharma, India's tourism minister, is backing away from recent comments about what visitors should wear. Over the weekend, while promoting a welcome kit for visitors to India Sharma said, quote, "There's a card in there listing the do's and don'ts. Basic things like, 'Don't go out at night alone.' 'Don't wear skirts.'" Controversy followed. A rash of sexual assaults against foreign woman has been a bane to India's tourism. Sharma has since tried to clarify, saying, "I am a father of two daughters...I would never tell women what they should wear or not."

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