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The pontiff of Madurai mutt, Arunagirinatha Sri Gnanasambanda
Desika Paramacharya Swamigal, popularly known as Madurai Adheenam,
has appealed to women to impose self-discipline and wear purdah,
like Muslim women, while going out to avoid becoming victims of
rape, a media report said Monday.
Expressing concern over the increased number of sexual assault on
women in the country, the Madurai Adheenam called for enactment of
more stringent laws to curb sexual assaults on women, Deccan
Chronicle said in its report posted Monday.
“Women should refrain from wearing obscene dresses in the garb of
fashion. They should wear dresses that would cover their body
completely, and exhibit their body only to their wedded
husbands,” he told media persons here on Saturday while passing on
his gratuitous advice to women on their safety in public places..
His views met with stiff protest from many sections of people in
the state, including the Marxist D. Pandian, CPI secretary, who
came down heavily on the Adheenam for airing such medieval views
on safety of women folk.
Touching upon several issues at the media meet, Adheenam also
appealed to the Central and state governments to take measures to
bring back Sri Lankan Tamils languishing in camps there, settle
them along with Lankan refugees in Tamil Nadu and provide them
Madurai Adheenam's advice to women
is coming in the wake of the rising rape cases and sexual
harassment of women in India, and at the time when some countries
in the West are trying to ban the Muslim dress code.
A section in India and some
institutions in the recent past had shown undue opposition to
Muslim students wearing the veil.
Muslim community leaders are of the
view that their dress code provides safety and dignity to the