Dhoti row: TN mulls law on dress code in clubs

Explanation to be sought from TNCA Club, says Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the Assembly

July 16, 2014 01:08 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 05:35 pm IST - Chennai

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday described as a case of “sartorial despotism” the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) Club's decision to deny entry to Justice D. Hariparanthaman, a sitting judge of the Madras High Court, and senior advocates to participate in a function last week at the Club premises for wearing dhoti.

Referring to reports that some clubs in Chennai had been refusing entry to people dressed in the traditional attire of dhoti, the Chief Minister said a Bill would be adopted during the present session of the Assembly to find a permanent solution to the problem.

She also warned that if clubs had indulged in actions that went against Tamil culture, the permission granted to them would also be withdrawn.

Making a statement under Rule 110 in the Assembly, the Chief Minister announced that she directed Registrar of Societies to seek an explanation from the Club on the matter, as the Club had been registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act.

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