Chandigarh, India’s first planned city meant as a beacon of modernity and progressiveness, is returning to the dark ages, it appears.
Authorities in the city are set to introduce a ban on “short skirts” at local nightclubs in a bid to crack down on what they are calling “anti-national elements” and “control places of public amusement”.
According to the new policy “scantily dressed women” or any behaviour deemed “indecency” – possibly as interpreted by whichever regressive bureaucrat is present on the day – will give authorities to shut down the “offending” night spot.
The new policy – given the catchy title “Controlling of Places of Public Amusement, 2016” – will also cut down on night club opening hours, from 2 am to midnight.
As per the policy, the permission to discos can be revoked if it is considered (a) To be indecent or of a scurrilous character; (b) To be seditious or likely to excite political discontent (c) Any exhibition or advertisement of scantily dressed women; (d) To contain offensive reference to personalities; (e) To promote hostile feelings between different classes; (f) To be calculated to cause a breach of peace.
Local businesses, unsurprisingly, have lashed out at the policy, describing it as “vague”.