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Old 15th August 2014, 10:23   #91
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Originally Posted by Hrishi_111 View Post
As per the news article published in Marathi daily 'Lokmat', wearing shorts/bermudas have been officially banned by Mumbai Traffic Police in their headquarter.

There is a notice displayed at the entrance which instructs visitors to be dressed formally.
So it's official - no shorts when visiting police stations!


MUMBAI: A sign put up by the Mumbai traffic police at their Worli headquarters asking people to desist from wearing shorts in the office has irked citizens. Officials said the intention was to maintain propriety as they work in a formal setting. But activists have raised questions as to who gave the police the authority to enforce a dress code for visitors.

The Tamil Nadu assembly recently passed a bill enforcing a dress code and banning entry of persons wearing dhotis in public places a cognisable offence punishable with a jail term.

"The traffic police need to explain the background behind putting up such a sign. They are answerable to citizens and we need to know on what grounds the sign has been put up," said activist and software developer Sandeep Ohri. He questioned whether the dress code would extend to the 25 traffic chowkies spread across the city as well.

Film-maker Ashoke Pandit, who is also a member of the Gulmohar Area Societies Welfare Group in Juhu, said that the sign should have simply stated that people need to be neatly dressed. "I'm sure visitors are smart enough to understand. Banning shorts in this day and age is ridiculous. Foreign nationals are almost always dressed in shorts, so would they be turned away if they need to approach the traffic headquarters?" added Pandit. The film-maker recollected that the police constabulary, till a few decades ago, would wear shorts themselves.

Another activist remarked that in a city like Mumbai, which sees very heavy rainfall, shorts are a practical and comfortable option to wear. "How is it the police's concern as to what I decide to wear? Is the joint commissioner (traffic) aware of this sign that they have put up?" asked Anandini Thakoor, a member of the Road Safety and Traffic Advisory Committee.

Ohri added that the traffic police should, instead, focus their attention on initiatives to increase interaction and feedback-gathering from citizens. "Their Facebook page and Twitter have fizzled out. We want them to take more initiatives to decongest the city."
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Have any of you went to a bank wearing shorts? I am yet to spot someone in this small place, was asking about metros & other big cities.
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Originally Posted by Sheel View Post
Have any of you went to a bank wearing shorts? I am yet to spot someone in this small place, was asking about metros & other big cities.
Banks don't create issues. On the flip side, the service quality drops unless they know you personally. My experience, FWIW.
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