Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma stirred a controversy on Sunday when he advised visiting foreign woman tourists not to wear skirts or ‘skimpy clothes for their own safety’.
He also asked them to refrain from going out alone at night in small towns, ‘Times of India’ reported.
“We are telling the foreign tourist not to wear skirts in India and stay indoors at night,” the Minister of State told reporters in Agra. “All we want to say is that India is a nation of different cultures and religious places. They (foreign tourists) should wear dresses in accordance with the same.”
He said the government was handing welcome kits to foreign tourists at airports and these included a booklet with a list of dos and don’ts. He further advised foreigners visiting the temple towns of Mathura and Vrindavan to keep the sensitivity of Indian culture in mind.