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'No skirts' advise to foreign tourists: Wasn't imposing dress code, says Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma
Union Tourism and Culture Minister, Mahesh Sharma sparked a controversy on Sunday when he said that women from foreign countries who visit India should not wear skirts and should avoid going out alone at night in small towns.
Mahesh Sharma, who was in Agra on Sunday, said, "When tourists arrive at the airport, they are being given a welcome kit which has a card with dos and don'ts... it has instructions like if they are in small cities, they should not roam around alone at night or wear skirts...they should take a picture of the car they are travelling in and send it to their friend," reported NDTV.
However, Sharma's suggestions have not gone down well and created an uproar among people who took to Twitter to express their disappointment.

Later on, the minister clarified that he was not imposing a dress code for tourists and was just asking women to take precautions.

He defended himself saying that the dress code he suggested was for religious places. "Why should we indulge in suggesting a dress code for visitors? We are not telling them what to wear and what not to wear, was just speaking in the context of religious places," said the minister.

Mahesh Sharma was addressing a press conference in Taj city Agra where he also announced a helpline number 1363 to help foreign tourists.

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