Dhoti in Tamil Nadu has gain the focus again after the CM J Jayalalithaa introduced the ‘Dhoti Bill’ in the state Assembly on Wednesday. The CM had promised legistlation against “sartorial despotism” after a judge ws refused entry at a Chennai club because he was wearing a dhoti.
The Bill may not see many hurdles on its way to become a law as opposition DMK also shared their anger after the incidence. The Bill proposed a year in jail and a Rs. 25,000 fine for anyone who bars dhoti-clad people from entering clubs or any other premises.
Justice Hariparanthaman, a Madras High Court Judge, was refused entry in Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) Club as he was wearing a dhoti.
“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,” the upset Judge said. Political parties of all tints picked up sticks on his behalf and attacked the club for the “disrespect” shown to what they said was an intrinsic part of Tamil culture.