Britain advises tourists to adopt local dress in Goa

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 10:32

Panaji: Britain has begun advising its nationals to "observe and respect local dress and customs" while visiting Goa.

In a travel advisory uploaded on the foreign Commonwealth office website in late February, female British citizens visiting Goa have been advised to: "Observe and respect local dress and customs and to take particular care," in view of a "series of high-profile incidents in Goa of alleged rape against foreign nationals, including Britons."

With nearly 40,000 British tourists hitting Goa`s sunny shores annually, the nation virtually tops the list of countries sending its tourists here.

Political parties in the state too are mulling over a possible dress code for the half a million odd foreign tourists, who visit Goa annually.

In December last year, state Chief Minister Digambar Kamat had said that foreign tourists in Goa needed to observe a dress code of some sort. Kamat, a Congress chief minister was speaking immediately after a 25-year-old Russian was allegedly raped by a Goan politician John Fernandes.

Last month, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Laxmikant Parsenkar had also suggested that Goa should have a `minimum dress code` for foreign tourists.

Congress MP Shantaram Naik, whose comments on rape had created a furore in the winter session of parliament, has also said that foreigners parading themselves half naked in coastal villages were a corrupting influence on school going children.

Nearly 2.4 million tourists visit Goa annually, out of which nearly half a million are foreigners.

IANS



First Published: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 10:32

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