No bikini ban on Goa’s beaches: Parrikar

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday ruled out banning wearing of bikinis on the state’s beaches, a day after a minister in his government advocated such a measure, but said drinking of liquor in public places will be prohibited. ‘Goa government does not favour banning bikinis on the beaches. But it should not create indecency,’ Parrikar told reporters while responding to queries about PWD minister Sudin Dhavalikar’s demand to ban swimwear on beaches.

‘Wearing bikinis should be banned on Goa’s beaches,’ Dhavalikar had said in comments that would not have gone down well with hordes of foreign tourists who flock to the shores of the coastal state every year to soak up the sun.

‘We should not allow girls with bikinis to enter public places because it very difficult to control people who arrive in Goa from different states. By the time a victim reaches the police, it is too late. It is better to control such type of activities on the beaches,’ he had said. Dhavalikar, whose Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party is an ally of BJP, had said even chief minister Parrikar was in favour of such a ban.
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