Colombo: Sri Lanka was mulling a ban on
mini-skirts following complaints, prompting the government to
set up a panel to prepare a dress code for public places in
the conservative country, officials and a media report said
The cultural ministry was considering public petitions
calling for a ban on mini skirts which have raised the ire of
ultra conservative sections of society, officials said.
The Cultural Ministry forwarded the petitions to a
committee to study the requests and come up with a dress code
for public places, a ministry official said.
Ministry Secretary Nimal Rubashinghe said no firm
stand was taken in respect of the skimpy women`s clothing, but
the Lakbima News daily said the government was contemplating
banning mini skirts.
"There are individuals and groups representing
religious and cultural interests, who have written to us
raising concerns that this kind of (mini) dress would corrupt
our culture," Minister T. B. Ekanayake was quoted as saying by
the Lakbima news daily.
"They say with the arrival of tourists, this situation
would worsen," the minister added.
Sri Lanka has already ordered the pulling down of bill
boards featuring women showing extra cleavage or exposing
thighs to advertise products or services in the capital and
elsewhere in the country.
"A new era of moral purity is in the offing in the New
Year," said the report in the daily, which is controlled by
business family close to the ruling party, but has extensive
links to gambling.
The country also took objection to bikini-clad women
dancing around a Buddha statue in one of US pop singer Akon`s
music videos and denied him a visa to perform in the country.
Sri Lanka has also ordered Internet service providers
to block access to over 200 porn websites said to feature
local men and women.