Indonesia mulls mini-skirt ban

Updated: Mar 30, 2012, 09:49 AM IST

London: Indonesia has plans to ban the mini-skirt under its stringent anti-pornography laws as it believes "they make men do things".

According to the Muslim-dominated country`s religious affairs minister, one of the considerations in its review of what could be considered pornographic would be "when someone wears a skirt above the knee", the Daily Mail reported Thursday.

Minister Suryadharma Ali literally started a war against the mini-skirt soon after he was appointed to run Indonesia`s new anti-porn task force earlier this month.

Parliamentary speaker Marzuki Alle also recently hit out against the mini-skirt. But he targeted women politicians wearing skirts above the knee.

Alle said he was preparing draft rules banning women politicians and staff members from wearing mini-skirts because "there have been a lot of rape cases and other immoral acts recently and this is because women aren`t wearing appropriate clothes".

"You know what men are like -- provocative clothing will make them do things," he added.

Indonesia is the world`s largest Muslim nation, making up 12 percent of the global Islamic population.