The police are once again playing moral cops.
The Bangalore police will shortly make it mandatory for barmaids in India’s Silicon Valley to wear sarees, salwar kameez while serving customers “to prevent the corrupting influence of the revealing attires on customers”.
City Police Commissioner Shankar Bidari said: “We will be issuing instructions to bar owners to ensure that the women employed by them wear decent dresses.” Western outfits like shirts and trousers may also be allowed.
These new rules will be enforced within the next 45-50 days and follow complaints about skimpily clad barmaids at some city pubs.
“Bar owners will be given the liberty to choose what dresses (from a police-mandated menu of options) their employees wear,” the police chief added.
Bidari also plans to curtail the number of women serving alcohol at bars.
“We have even found that in some cases, more than 50 bar girls work bars that can accommodate a maximum of 30 customers at a time,” he said.
Under the new norms, bar owners will be able to employ one girl for every four seats at the pub.