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Minister to women: Don't dress provocatively

india Updated: Jul 22, 2012 03:36 IST
HT Correspondent
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After NCW chief Mamata Sharma, it was Madhya Pradesh industries minister Kailash Vijayvargiya on Saturday who said women should not dress "provocatively".

"Women should dress in such a way that they invoke respect in others. However, unfortunately women are dressing provocatively, which is leading to deviation in society," said the minister.

He went on to say, "Women's fashion, lifestyle and conduct should be in accordance with Indian culture."

Vijayvargiya made the comments in relation to the Guwahati molestation case where a group of men molested a girl at a busy road in the Christian Basti area on July 9.

This is not the first time that Vijayvargiya has made such comments. Over the last 10 years, he has opposed fashion shows saying organisers and models should come up with "decent displays."

As the president of the Indore Divisional Cricket Association, he has been opposing presence of cheerleaders on cricket grounds.

In June 2009, he invited tribal men and women from Jhabua and Alirajpur to dance at the inter-divisional cricket tournament held at the Holkar cricket stadium. However, the tribal cheerleaders have been missing from the tournament after 2009.

Vijayvargiya's statement on how women should dress is being seen as a tactic to kick up dust and divert attention from the serious corruption charges that he is facing.

In the last five years, his name has surfaced in land scams and cases of money-laundering.

A month ago, the Enforcement Directorate began investigation into Sugnidevi College land scam involving him and his close aide and BJP MLA Ramesh Mendola. He has also come under fire on his connections with builder Dilip Suryavanshi and mining baron Sudhir Sharma, who were raided by the I-T department a month ago.