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TN Assembly passed Entry into Public Places (Removal of restriction on dress) Bill, 2014

Aug 13, 2014 16:57 IST

The Tamil Nadu assembly collectively passed Tamil Nadu Entry into Public Places (Removal of Restrictions on Dress) Bill, 2014 on 12 August 2014 making the ban on entry of people wearing dhotis in public places a punishable offence with a jail term.

If the clubs, hotels, malls, companies and theatres violate this law by denying the entry of person wearing a dhoti, either their licenses would be cancelled or they would face a jail term of one year with a fine up to 25000 Rupees.

One of the provisions of the Bill stated that the imposition of restriction on entry of people into public places on the ground that their dress does not conform to Western culture would mark the continuation of the Colonial imperialistic attitude.

Background
This law was enacted against the row over the denial of entry to a judge of Madras High Court by Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, a famous cricket club of Chennai. After the incident, Jayalalithaa in the state budget promised legislation against sartorial despotism. The Tamil Nadu Entry into Public Places (Removal of restriction on dress) Bill, 2014 was introduced in the state Assembly on 6 August 2014 by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

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