Union Minister Mahesh Sharma advises tourists not to wear skirts

Mahesh Sharma also claimed that the advisory pamphlets for tourists had a description of Indian culture which is different from Western.

Written by Ishita Mishra | Agra | Updated: August 29, 2016 3:57 pm
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Union Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma on Sunday advised tourists not to wear skirts and refrain from going out alone at night in small towns. Responding to questions from the media about the safety of tourists in Agra during a press conference, Sharma said here, “…Paryatako ko, jab wo airport par aate hain, unko ek welcome kit di jaa rahi hai. Ek card hai usme, usme do’s and don’ts, kya karein aur kya na karein. Jaise chhoti chhoti batein hain, humne unhe bataya ke aap chhoti jagah par raat-waat ke time akele na niklein, skirts na pahnein… Doosra humne unhe bataya ki aap jis gaadi mein baithe, us gaadi ki number plate ka photo le lein aur apne… kisi dost ko forward kar dein… (We give welcome kits to tourists when they land at the airport. The kit includes a card with do’s and don’ts such as, do not venture out alone at night in small towns, do not wear skirts; take a picture of the registration number of the vehicle you use and send it to a friend…)”

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Sharma, who visited Vatsalyagram in Vrindavan, also said the Samajwadi Party would eventually split into two groups, one led by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and the other by his uncle Shivpal Yadav. “Such a split between the ‘chacha-bhateeja’ would be good for the BJP,” he said, adding that Akhilesh was only “tolerating” Shivpal because of his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Attacking BSP chief Mayawati, Sharma said she is an epitome of corruption and would eventually go to jail. Only the BJP can provide a clean government, he added.

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First Published on: August 29, 2016 1:05 am
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    Aprimaye
    Aug 29, 2016 at 6:01 am
    Please do not tell somebody to what to wear or what not to wear... Change your laws ... Make them strict... People can wear what they want to... Take strict actions against those people or men who cant control themselves watching a women ... If somebody wants do wrong he will do it no matter what you do or how you are dressed ... Dressing up is nothing to do with the indian culture .... But a wrong intensions do
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      Sam
      Aug 29, 2016 at 12:43 am
      DON'T Piee IN THE STREET lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Switzerland is careful to note that the U.S. takes a very hard-line stance against nud.ity, especially when kids are involved. Also, it cautions, don't piee on things: “The legal system can be very different from one state to another and is often inspired by more rigid moral principles than in Switzerland. For example, bathing topless or without a shirt is forbidden (even for children), as is uri.natingg in the street or taking partially nacked pictures of children (even at home)
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        Indian
        Aug 28, 2016 at 9:18 pm
        The reality is that every country issues certain advisories. In US it is advised not to go alone in areas that are not safe in nights. In South Africa same thing always stay in marked areas. In UK and France don't go in Muslim areas in night. In Islamic countries in middle east you are safe but you if you wear anything revealing Islamic police will come after you. In Libya, stan, Sudan you will get raped if you are a minority man or woman. In Brazil you have to be careful where you go. In Mexico go as if you look poor and you are not white you will blend in. So why are you blaming Indian government?
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          Amar Akbar
          Aug 29, 2016 at 4:34 am
          Germany also warns of America’s sometimes odd atudes toward breastfeeding: “In almost all states, breastfeeding babies in public is now considered an exception to ‘indecent exposure’ criminal provisions, but would be best treated like any other nudity, at least in restaurants and bars, or in less ‘liberal’ regions. Does that mean it is virtually an admission of no breast Feeding
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            Joyce Abrahamson
            Aug 29, 2016 at 12:49 am
            This is a funny advisory from Canada before you visit USA. DON’T LEAVE TRASH IN YOUR CAR lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Canada’s CBC News warns travelers of the legality of civil et forfeiture—a widespread practice where U.S. police officers confiscate cash during traffic stops—advising that, “if you’re on an American roadway with a full wallet, in the eyes of thousands of cash-hungry cops you’re a rolling ATM.” The correspondent has several tips for Canadians who get pulled over on American roads, including “don’t leave litter on the vehicle floor, especially energy drink cans,” and “try not to wear expensive designer clothes.”
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              Amar Akbar
              Aug 29, 2016 at 12:54 am
              Dress Code: Emirati dress conservatively in traditional dress and can be offended when people dress inappropriately or not in accordance with Islamic values.lt;br/gt;In public places such as shopping malls, restaurants and parks, you are encouraged to dress appropriately. Clothing should not be transparent, indecently expose parts of the body or display offensive pictures or slogans. Be careful as well if you are tattooed with what could be deemed offensive images or slogans, if in doubt cover up. Be aware that if you enter one of these areas dressed inappropriately you may be asked to leave (most of the larger shopping malls display signs warning respectable clothing should be worn). Any form of nudity is strictly forbidden, including topless sunbathing. Swimwear should not be worn in any other area outside the beach, water parks, or swimming pools.lt;br/gt;It is preferable for both men and women to have their shoulders and knees covered and for women not to reveal too much decolletage when not on the beach or at a hotel. It is not appropriate for men to walk along the street bare-chested.
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                Jay
                Aug 29, 2016 at 9:17 am
                The story from Toledot Yeshu, an ancient Jewish book, about Virgin Mary presents a very different version of Bible story.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Miriam was married to a man named John, but met a Roman soldier named Tiberius Panthera. She fell in love and betra John with the Roman warrior. When John discovered the lovers, she was already pregnant and John decided to divorce her.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Tiberius took the name Josephus and created a family with Miriam and their little son Joshua (Jesus). But the scandalous story of Miriam and the two men may explain why some felt it was better if she was called ''the virgin
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                  Janki
                  Aug 28, 2016 at 7:42 pm
                  BJP THUGS will rape you-Manish Sharma
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                    Antony
                    Aug 29, 2016 at 8:04 am
                    At least half of Germany's 16 states have gone on to ban teachers from wearing Muslim headscarves and in the state of Hesse the ban applies to all civil servants
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                      Joyce
                      Aug 29, 2016 at 12:39 am
                      TRY TO AVOID BEING NACKED (GERMANYlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Like Switzerland, Germany advises its citizens that they might find themselves on the wrong side of the law in USA while just trying to enjoy a day at the beach in noode.
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                        Joyce Abrahamson
                        Aug 29, 2016 at 7:51 am
                        Nice has become the latest French resort to ban the burkini, the full-body Islamic swimsuit,.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Using language similar to the bans imposed in a string of other resorts on the French Riviera, the city barred clothing that “overtly manifests adherence to islamic religion at a time when France and places of worship are the target of terrorist attacks”.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Nice ban refers specifically to last month’s Bastille Day truck attack in the city that claimed 86 lives, and the murder 12 days later of a Catholic priest near the northern city of Rouen.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Fifteen resorts in the south-east and others elsewhere in France have already banned the burkini, including the nearby city of Cannes, where three women were each fined €38 (�33) under the ban at the weekend
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                          Amar Akbar
                          Aug 29, 2016 at 7:59 am
                          France was the first European country to ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places.lt;br/gt;France has about five million Muslims - the largest Muslim minority in Western Europe.lt;br/gt;As President, Nicolas Sarkozy, whose administration brought in the ban, said that veils oppress women and were "not welcome" in France.lt;br/gt;Under the ban that took effect on 11 April 2011, no woman, French or foreign, is able to leave their home with their face hidden behind a veil without running the risk of a fine
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                            Amar Akbar
                            Aug 29, 2016 at 12:40 am
                            Germany also warns of America’s sometimes odd atudes toward breastfeeding: “In almost all states, breastfeeding babies in public is now considered an exception to ‘indecent exposure’ criminal provisions, but would be best treated like any other nudity, at least in restaurants and bars, or in less ‘liberal’ regions.
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                              Jou
                              Aug 29, 2016 at 7:44 am
                              Why not? What's wrong with Jerum?
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                                David
                                Aug 29, 2016 at 8:03 am
                                Several towns in Italy have local bans on face-covering veils. The north-western town of Novara is one of several local authorities to have already brought in rules to deter public use of the Islamic veil.lt;br/gt;Governments have discussed extending the law to impose penalties on Muslim face coverings, but these have not yet been enforced nationally.
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                                  Jay
                                  Aug 29, 2016 at 7:34 am
                                  10% made Christian child molester Sonia super PM.
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                                    Amar Akbar
                                    Aug 29, 2016 at 4:44 am
                                    Reading this advisory issued from Australia for Neherlands what's wrong if our minister gives general guidelines?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Foreigners are often the targets of robbery, pickpocketing and bag snatching. Pickpocketing is common around Amsterdam's main tourist attractions, in restaurants and tourist accommodation, on public transport and at transport hubs. There are frequent reports of bag snatching on trains and trams, including those that operate through Schiphol Airport (the Netherlands' major international airport located between Amsterdam and The Hague). Mobile devices are an attractive target for thieves operating on public transport systems. Carry pports and other valuable possessions on your person rather than in a bag.lt;br/gt;Thieves sometimes operate in pairs, with one attempting to distract you while the other steals your possessions. People using automatic teller machines (ATMs) around nightclubs and bars are frequent targets.lt;br/gt;There are reports of thieves posing as plain clothes policemen. The thieves ask to inspect currency and credit cards looking for counterfeits. Tourists handing over money have been robbed.lt;br/gt;Theft from hostels and other budget accommodation also occurs.lt;br/gt;Incidents of drink spiking have been reported. Do not leave drinks unattended or accept drinks from strangers.
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                                      Jen Nush
                                      Aug 29, 2016 at 7:40 am
                                      I love the dresses of Christian nuns. Man they look so beautiful in them. Me in Chaddi they in nun dress moooah!
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                                        Reaper
                                        Aug 29, 2016 at 4:20 pm
                                        Mahesh Sharma you should wear Burqa and roam in Indialt;br/gt;You are of no use to stay as a minister in india. People like you stare at girls. lt;br/gt;You ministers have to provide security to every single citizen of India and Tourist who are travellin to India. lt;br/gt;Stop giving all these statements or else go and resign from ministry.
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                                          Indian
                                          Aug 29, 2016 at 12:31 am
                                          Father Imam Trun Trun Miyan, I have been more times to UAE and Bahrain and Saudi Arabia and lived in stan and Malaysia ans Libya and been to more countries then you can even know the names of. Picking two countries well UAE why not wear short skirt or bikini on beach in Abu Dhabi and come back and tell me if you will be stopped or not. On Saudi if your wife wears skirt she goes to jail and you get canned.
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                                            Jaani
                                            Aug 29, 2016 at 7:48 am
                                            The bible book of Christian Deuteronomy has a prohibition against dressing in clothing of the opposite secx:lt;br/gt;A woman must not wear men's clothing, nor a man wear women's clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this. (NIV, Deuteronomy 22:5
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