November 25, 2016: The officials of the Kerala assembly denied entry to a man wearing a white check ‘lungi’ into the visitor’s gallery of the Kerala assembly. They said that it was an ‘informal’ dress. The man has filed a complaint against the officials in the Human Rights Commission. The state has asked a clarification from the officers.
Kunjimoyin from Kondotty in Malappuram, was in a group of 38 people. He has come to attend the assembly proceedings on November 8. He was denied permission because of his clothes.
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Kunjimoyin went to Kerala Human Rights Commission and filed a complaint which stated that he was allowed entry at the gate and the assembly building. But he was denied entrance to the visitor’s gallery.
According to PTI, Commission has asked for a clarification from VK Babu Prakash, legislative Secretary, on whether there was a dress code in the gallery.
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The Assembly speaker said in response to the complaint that ‘informal dressing is not allowed inside the house and gallery’. He said that decorum needs to be followed. This is the usual practice. The official said, “We are adhering to the procedures followed by Parliament on dressing. Only exception is given to religious symbols. The ‘Kallimundu’ is an informal dress and so the person was not allowed.”
The complainant said it is the Malabar’s custom to wear a kallimandu and a white shirt during auspicious occasions. He said that if there are any rules against people visiting the house wearing kallimandu, these needs to be amended soon.
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