Chennai: Don't stop Dhoti-clad people from entering clubs, may face 1-year-jail, Rs 25K fine

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Chennai, Aug 6: She kept her promise. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday, Aug 6 introduced Dhoti Bill. According to the bill anyone, who will stop dhoti-clad people from entering clubs or any other premises, would face one-year-jail and Rs 25,000 fine.

Experts, however, claimed that the bill may face several hurdles on its way to become a law. The Dhoti Bill has been introduced following a protest by a group of lawyers in the state.

Recently a dhoti-clad Madras High Court judge Justice Hariparanthaman was barred from entering the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) Club in Chennai.

The bill may face several hurdles on its way to become a law: Experts

The upset judge was quoted as saying, "After over 60 years of Independence, I can't accept this. They can have rules for their members, not for visitors who come on invitation."

Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK and other opposition parties including Karunanidhi-led DMK supported the protesting lawyers in their protest against the club. All political parties asserted that decision of banning dhoti-clad people in the club was an intrinsic part of Tamil culture.

However, club officials asserted that they had banned dhoti-clad people in the club as they wanted to prevent "wardrobe malfunction under the influence of alcohol."

The club allows only people dressed in full trousers, shirts or T-shirts with collars and leather shoes to access its premises.

Meanwhile, N Srinivasan, who is the administrator and the president of the club, said, "We will go by whatever the Chief Minister advises. There have been rules forever. When something like this happens and if the chief minister has a view we would respect it."

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