Indian politician who said bikinis invite sexual assault makes second call for the swim wear to be banned in Goa
Sudin Dhavalikar sparked a national outrage, which saw opposition leaders post him clothing
An Indian official who sparked nationwide controversy by calling for bikinis to be banned in popular tourist resort of Goa, after linking the swim wear to sexual crimes, restated his demand on Thursday.
Asked whether the view he expressed earlier this month remained the same, Goa public works department minister, Sudin Dhavalikar, told reporters: “I have [already] given my intention.
"You can have on private places whatever you want, in public places it should be banned”.
The city, almost 2,000km from the capital New Delhi, is a popular holiday destination, attracting 3 million tourists annually - almost 120,000 of whom are British.
Earlier this month, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak party member caused a national furore when he suggested that women who wear bikinis made themselves vulnerable to sexual attacks, and said women should not visit bars dressed in short skirts.
Read more: Indian girl cuts man's penis off after attempted rape
Indian scientists almost develop 'seedless' mango
Doctors in India extract 232 teeth from boy's mouth
Let’s not forget the persecuted men and women of the Commonwealth
Hardline Indian nationalist party: 'Rape accusations are becoming fashionable’
'India gang rape' fashion shoot sparks outrage
“We should not allow girls with bikinis to enter public places because it is very difficult to control people who arrive in Goa from different states.
“By the time the victim reaches the police it is too late. It is better to control such type of activities on the beaches,” he said, the Guardian reported.
His comments saw him faced with a media backlash, while members of the opposition Congress party sent Dhavalikar a short skirt in protest.
But Goa’s chief minister, Manohar Parrikar, said he found nothing objectionable in his comments, the Times of India reported.
The position of women in India has been a topic of fierce debate since 2012, when a young woman was attacked and gang raped on a bus in Delhi. She died ten days later from her injuries in a hospital in Singapore where she had been sent in a desperate effort to save her life.
- 1 Cyclist in Russia narrowly misses being hit by car and lorry
- 2 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 3 What are your fingerprint words?
- 5 Pink Floyd new album: Band unveil cover art for first record in 20 years
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
Labour Party conference: Ed Balls to set out plan to freeze child benefit to balance books
£16500 - £20000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: We are currently r...
£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Crawley: KS2 PPA Teacher currently nee...
£40000 - £45000 per annum + pension, healthcare,25 days: Ashdown Group: An est...
£28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Software Application Support Analyst - Imm...