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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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  1. A
    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
    1. S
      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)
      1. I
        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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