No skirts for female tourists in India, minister advises

Arrivals start to be issued with welcome kit and safety advice
India’s tourism minister says female tourists visiting the country should not wear skirts or walk alone at night “for their own safety”.
Mahesh Sharma was speaking in Agra, site of the Taj Mahal, as foreign arrivals started to be given a welcome kit with safety advice.
“In that kit they are given dos and don’ts,” he said. “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.”
He added: “For their own safety, women foreign tourists should not wear short dresses and skirts. […] Indian culture is different from the western.”
The welcome kit has been introduced to fight falling rates of female tourism after a number of high-profile attacks on women from other countries.
“Some parts of India, particularly the smaller towns and villages, still have traditional styles of dressing”, the kit says. “Do find out about local customs and traditions or concerned authorities before visiting such places.”
The minister later backtracked on his comments about telling women what to wear.
The Guardian


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