news Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 05:30
The News Minute| August 12, 2014| 4.25. pm IST Tamil Nadu Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed the Tamil Nadu Entry into Public Places (Removal of Restriction on Dress) Act 2014 bill that makes enforcement of dress code and banning entry of persons wearing ‘dhoti’ in public places a cognisable offence punishable with jail term. Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa moved the Act in the house for consideration and it was later passed unanimously. The House adopted the Tamil Nadu Entry into Public Places (Removal of Restriction on Dress) Act 2014 after Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa moved it for consideration and passing. The Act bars associations, trusts, clubs, companies and societies from banning the dhoti or veshti and other traditional attire. Defying the ban can attract a fine of Rs 25,000 and a year in prison. The Act says, "No person, wearing a veshti reflecting Tamil culture or any other Indian traditional dress, shall be denied entry into any public place, by reason only of his dress, provided that the dress shall be worn in a decent manner.’ This follows an incident last month where the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association stopped a judge from entering the club as he was wearing a dhoti. It empowers the state to cancel the licences of such clubs, recreation associations, trusts and company or society denying entry to any person wearing a ‘vesthi’ (dhoti), traditional attire of men in the state.

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