Chennai: A bill regarding the removal of a ban on wearing traditional Indian attire ‘dhoti’ which was previously restricted by recreational clubs in India was passed today in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. The issue on the ban of ‘dhoti’ came to light after the controversy where a Madras High Court Judge, wearing a dhoti, was denied entry to a TNCA club in Chennai.
The bill which was appealed by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa accounted for seizure of license, incarceration for the period of one year and a fine of Rs. 25,000 in case of any infringement of the legislation.
The Bill has been named The Tamil Nadu Entry into Public Places (Removal of restriction of dress) Act, 2014. It was passed through voice vote by Speaker P Dhanapal. The Act states that “no recreation club, association, trust, company or society shall make any rule, regulation or bye-law, imposing restriction on entry to any person wearing a ‘veshti’ (dhoti) reflecting Indian culture or any other Indian traditional dress into any public place under its control or management.”
The statement of reasons and objections of the bill stated that it was indispensable to pass the bill in order to raise objections, which banned entry for people who wore attire that reflected Tamil Culture.
Succeeding the Supreme Court’s ruling on April 15th , which acknowledged and recognised the third gender in educational institutions and offices, Pune has taken a step in the right direction. Fergusson College has added the option of “other” in its admission forms to all courses.
In light of this, Ravindrasihn Pardeshi, principal of the college, has stated that the college needs to ensure that students are not singled out or harassed due to gender.
Other autonomous colleges across the country, such as Madras Christian College and Bharathidasan University in Tamil Nadu, have already implemented the additional gender option.
Hours before its release, the Tamil Nadu government banned Kamal Haasan’s magnum opus Vishwaroopam for two weeks following protests from various Muslim organisations.
The Muslim groups petitioned the government, seeking a ban over alleged depiction of their community in a negative light.
Haasan failed to soothe tempers of the community, who blamed him of hurting their sentiments in his earlier movies like ‘Hey Ram’ and ‘Unnai Pol Oruvan’, which is a Tamil remake of ‘A Wednesday’. His decision of screening the high budget movie on a DTH platform ahead of its theatrical release was faced by strong protests by screen owners in Tamil Nadu