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Dhoti men can enter Chennai pubs: Jaya ends sartorial despotism

Dhoti men can enter Chennai pubs: Jaya ends sartorial despotism
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Keeping her assertion to ratify restricting entry of dhoti-clad men, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa introduced a bill seeking to remove the ban on wearing Veshti (dhoti) reflecting Tamil culture or any Indian traditional attire imposed by recreational clubs, aiming to end “sartorial despotism.” The bill introduced in the current Budget session — the Tamil Nadu Entry into Public Places (Removal of restriction on dress) Act, 2014 — also covers hotels, theatres, malls, halls, auditorium and stadium.

Chennai: Keeping her assertion to ratify restricting entry of dhoti-clad men, Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa introduced a bill seeking to remove the ban on wearing Veshti (dhoti) reflecting Tamil culture or any Indian traditional attire imposed by recreational clubs, aiming to end “sartorial despotism.”

The bill introduced in the current Budget session — the Tamil Nadu Entry into Public Places (Removal of restriction on dress) Act, 2014 — also covers hotels, theatres, malls, halls, auditorium and stadium.
As per the provisions of the new law proposed by the Tamil Nadu state government, anyone restricting entry of dhoti-clad men will face stern action, including cancellation of license, a one-year jail term and a penalty of Rs. 25,000.
The dress will be worn in a decent manner, and in case of company, the person in-charge of the company shall be liable to be punished accordingly. Also, the government may, by notification, make rules for carrying out all or any of the purposes of this Act and no rules will be made by organisations for imposing restriction on entry to any person wearing a veshti (dhoti) reflecting Indian culture or any other Indian traditional dress.
The proposed legislation comes in the milieu of a hullabaloo triggered by denial of entry to a dhoti-clad Madras High Court Judge into the TNCA Club.
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