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Don't wear skirts, India is a 'cultural country': Indian minister advises foreign tourists

09:54 PM | 29 Aug, 2016
Don't wear skirts, India is a 'cultural country': Indian minister advises foreign tourists
DELHI: Indian Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma on Sunday sparked controversy when he advised foreign tourists to not to wear skirts and go out at nights in India.

Mahesh Sharma said a welcome kit will be handed to tourists with "a list of dos and don'ts" on their arrival at airport.

"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.'"

"It has instructions like if they are in small cities, they should not roam around alone at night or wear skirts... They should take a picture of the car they are travelling in and send it to a friend as precaution."

In an answer to a question, the minister said India was a "cultural country" and "we have a different dress code for temples. Kindly keep that in mind while dressing up".

Responding to the backlash, he clarified that he was speaking "in the context of religious places", and that he spoke out of "concern".

"It has instructions like if they are in small cities, they should not roam around alone at night or wear skirts... They should take a picture of the car they are travelling in and send it to a friend as precaution."

He asserted "I am a father of two daughters...I would never tell women what they should wear or not," he told reporters.

"Such a ban is unimaginable, but it is not a crime to be cautious. Different countries issue advisories from time to time, but I never said change anyone's way of dressing.

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The 'welcome Kit' prepared for foreign tourists didn't specifically mention skirts that the minister referred to.


Arvind Kejriwal, one of the Modi's Government's sharpest critics lambasted at the move on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/ArvindKejriwal/status/770157414964400128

While many other twitteratis ridiculed the minister:

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https://twitter.com/sapnabhavnani/status/770227039353929729

However, this is not the first time Sharma has been caught in controversy. Earlier, following the increased rampancy in rape in India, the minister harshly criticized girls for wearing short dresses and going out at nights.

Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at raohamzafree@gmail.com. He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx

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Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 26 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 26, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 26 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94

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