Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on 6 August 2014 introduced the Tamil Nadu Entry into Public Places (Removal of restriction on dress) Bill, 2014 in the state Assembly. The bill removes restrictions on the entry of dhoti-clad men in recreation clubs, hotels, theatres and malls in the state.
Highlight of the Bill
• The Bill removes any restrictions on the basis of modest cultural wear like Dhoti or any Indian outfit
• It overrules all such laws which seek restrictions on these outfits at clubs and public places
• It provides the way for cancellation of permission or license granted to recreation clubs if they violate the provisions of the law
• A jail term of a year and 25000 rupee fine to anyone who bars dhoti-clad people from entering clubs or other premises
Background for introduction of the Bill
The bill has been introduced following a controversy that rose on 11 July 2013, when a Madras High Court judge was denied to enter into the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) Club in Chennai, as he was wearing dhoti. After the incident, Jayalalithaa in the state budget promised legislation against sartorial despotism.
Where: in Tamil Nadu
When: 6 August 2014