Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani today supported Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), a Kashmiri politico-religious group, for issuing a dress-advisory to tourists.
"It (JeI`s statement) is a very valid thing. Islam seeks such a society where human values are respected, where modesty is upheld, where semi-naked dresses are not worn, where alcohol and drugs are not promoted and where women and men do not mix," Geelani said.
Geelani said Jamaat`s dress advisory to tourists visiting Kashmir is in line with the group`s idea of society.
He said the culture of "nakedness, immodesty and alcohol" is "poisonous" to every human society.
"Not even a common person will accept this thing and Jamaat are the callers to Islam, they should talk about it and I congratulate them for talking about this issue," Geelani said.
The Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir had last week asked tourists visiting the Valley to desist from wearing skimpy clothes and warned them of angry reactions if they failed to do so.
"Some tourists, mostly foreigners, are seen wandering in short mini-skirts and other objectionable dresses openly which is against local ethos and culture...This is not acceptable to civil society at all," the Jamaat had said in a statement issued last week.
The Kashmir Valley is witnessing a surge in tourist arrivals over the last two years.
Nearly 15 lakh tourists arrived here last year and over six lakh tourists have visited the Valley this year so far.