Indonesia to ban miniskirts for female PMs
Jakarta: Women`s groups expressed
outrage Tuesday after Indonesia`s Parliament said it would draft
rules banning female lawmakers from wearing "provocative"
clothing such as miniskirts to work and claimed such dress
"We know there have been a lot of rape cases and other
immoral acts recently, and this is because women aren`t
wearing appropriate clothes," house of representatives speaker
Marzuki Alie said.
"Women wearing inappropriate clothes arouse men, so it
needs to be stopped. You know what men are like -- provocative
clothing will make them do things."
Refrizal, the deputy head of the household affairs
committee, which is spearheading the new regulation, said that "miniskirts and skimpy clothes are an invitation to male
The move was also backed by two female house members
who formerly worked as fashion models, local media reported.
Indonesian women`s rights groups said they were
outraged by the comments and called for a stop to the
demonisation of rape victims.
"It`s ridiculous that this is again coming from the
mouths of prominent people with influence," Action for Women
Against Rape founder Chicka Noya said.
"We expect them to make regulations to protect women
from violence, not condemn them for the way they dress."
The comments come just six months after the Jakarta
governor, Fauzi "Foke" Bowo, made similar remarks, saying that
a spate of rape cases on the city`s public minibuses were
triggered by victims` miniskirts.
He urged Indonesian women to refrain from wearing
miniskirts on public transport.
His remarks prompted a protest in which women yelled
the slogan "My miniskirt, my right. Foke you", referring to
the governor`s nickname.
The protest was inspired by the global "SlutWalk"
phenomenon, which began in Toronto last year as hundreds
protested about a comment made by a police constable that
"women should avoid dressing like sluts in order not to be
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Growing sense of despondency in India from last 6-8 months: Aamir Khan
- I am surviving only on 25% of my liver today, says Big B
- Aamir Khan's 'intolerance' comment kicks up row
- Exclusive: Sudhir Chaudhary in conversation with Aamir Khan on intolerance in India!
- Rahul Gandhi spotted with hate speech convict Imran Masood in Saharanpur
- Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh bypoll results: As it happened on November 24
- Aamir Khan feels intolerance growing in India, says his wife suggested moving out of India
- Intolerance issue: When did ‘Incredible India’ become ‘Intolerant India’, Anupam Kher asks Aamir Khan
- Tirupati, Tirumala rains update: Temple remains open; pilgrims continue to pour in for darshan
- BJP's big poser to Aamir Khan: Is there any better neighbour for Muslims than a Hindu?