TN passes Dress Code Bill

August 12, 2014 04:02 pm | Updated April 22, 2016 01:19 am IST - Chennai

Tamil Nadu Assembly adopted the Tamil Nadu Entry into Public Places (Removal of Restriction on Dress) Act 2014. File Photo

Tamil Nadu Assembly adopted the Tamil Nadu Entry into Public Places (Removal of Restriction on Dress) Act 2014. File Photo

Restrictive dress codes in social clubs, hotels, theatres, malls and halls, which are disrespectful of traditional Indian attires, has been mandated out of the social space, with the Tamil Nadu Assembly on Tuesday unanimously adopting the Tamil Nadu Entry into Public Places (Removal of Restrictions on Dress) Act, 2014.

The law, coming in the wake a recent row over a Madras High Court judge having denied entry into a club for a book release function just because he was dressed in ‘dhoti’, is aimed at “preserving the rich heritage of our composite culture.” The clubs violating the law could even have their licences cancelled.

The Assembly passed 16 other Bills on the last day of the budget session, including an amendment Bill to toughen the Goondas Act.

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