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Dec 31, 2012 at 03:44pm IST

Rajasthan: NCW, Kiran Bedi slam BJP leader for demanding ban on skirts in schools

Alwar: A controversy has erupted over a Rajasthan BJP leader's remark that girl students should be banned from wearing skirts in order to curb sexual harassment. The MLA, Banwari Lal Singhal had said that he wanted the school uniforms to change as he didn't "like when boys look at our girls with bad streak".

Protesters and activists, however, reacted saying his comments only highlighted his anti-women mentality. "It is sad that we want to keep restrictions on what girls wear. He must apologise to the girls. In the past few days, we have seen that it is very easy to distance onself after apologising. Then, why make such statements that give trouble to girls and society?" asked National Commission for Women chairperson Mamta Sharma.

Retired IPS officer and activist Kiran Bedi said, "When I was a student I wore skirts and shorts and played tennis for state level and for Asian Games. I went on to become an IPS officer. Can you raise questions on my character because I wore a skirt? The BJP MLA must not ask for such bans, instead introspect and watch his role."