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London: It is not an Indian college or a Muslim organisation alone that has a dress code for their students or employees, a City Council in London too has come with a diktat saying women showing off their legs in mini skirts could be sent home from work.
Southampton City Council has banned its female workers from wearing miniskirts at work to avoid shocking the public, the British media reported.
In fact, a memo sent to 400 staff says that they dress in "appropriate" clothing including trousers, informal dresses or skirts of "reasonable" length -- but "not miniskirts".
The memo was sent to social workers, youth workers, educational welfare officers and many others in children's services.
"Please try to dress smartly, in line with other professionals you come across in your work, and in a way that shows respect to children and families," the memo reads.
One council worker, who did not want to be named, was quoted as saying, "Are they going to come around with a tape measure?"
Mike Tucker, of the Unison union, said, "If anyone is disciplined we are more than happy to defend them."
A council spokesman said, "We do not have a rigid dress code and will not be going around with a tape measure. It's important staff in customer-facing roles look professional."
Interestingly, citing similar reasons, when some of the colleges in India came with dress codes, their decisions were criticized. The managements were even termed as 'conservative' and 'fundamentalists'.
"This particular report shows that the dress code is needed and it has nothing to do with fundamentalism or restrictions on personal freedom", says a staff member of one of the colleges that came with a dress code recently.
"We have a tendency to blindly follow the West in everything. Let us see, for many of us the decision by the UK based city council becomes a model", she added on the condition of anonymity.
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