Mini Skirt Ban: Chandigarh Union Secy Dismisses Media Reports

Anurag Agarwal rubished media report on the proposed ban of mini-skirts at Chandigarh discotheques.

Published: 20th April 2016 11:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st April 2016 12:33 AM   |  A+A-


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Anurag Agarwal, Home Secretary of union territory Chandigarh today rubbished rumours on the proposed ban of mini-skirts at city discotheques.

He told that no such dress code had been prescribed under the Controlling of Places of Public Amusement Policy, 2016.

Speaking to The Indian Express, he asserted that the city administration would never take an absurd decision such as this one.

The policy formulated on the direction of Punjab and Haryana HC, was notified on February 26 and came into force on April 1.

Under it, Chandigarh bars and discotheques would neither be allowed to function beyond midnight nor serve liquor to individuals below 25 years of age.

According to a report in Times of India, the policy states that business permission for the nightclubs could be denied by a UT nodal committee consisting of Chandigarh deputy commissioner, municipal corporation commissioner, city police SSP, health services director and excise and taxation commissioner, in case of exhibiting or advertising scantily dressed women or if it is seditious, resulting in political discontent.

However, the policy draft does not define 'scantily dressed women' or 'if it is seditious, resulting in political discontent'.

As per the policy, the discotheques were required to install CCTV cameras at important places to monitor the staff and guests, apart from deploying male and female bouncers. They were also required to make available contact numbers of cab operators, concerned area Station House Officer, and other emergency services.

In addition to this, the discos are also required to issue photo ID cards for the staff and maintain records of entry passes issued to the customers.

Non-compliance of the law will lead to the cancellation of permission certificate of the concerned bar or discotheque.

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