Now dress code at Old Goa churches

PTI, PANAJI | 13 July 2011 17:18 IST

After two temples in Goa banned "indecently dressed" visitors, Goa's famous church is also following their suit.

A special panel at the state's most famous church, Basilica of Bom Jesus, at Old Goa will screen pilgrims and tourists for proper dress from September.

In case the visitors are found scantily or improperly dressed, they will be provided with shawls to cover themselves up, Father Savio Barrette, rector of the Basilica, said.

"The panel of specially-appointed officials will screen them," he said.

These shawls, he added, will have to be returned after the visit.

The 16th century church has been receiving complaints from parishioners who raised objections about the "ill-dressed" tourists and against those who created nuisance during the Holy Masses. 

The Mahalsa temple at Mardoll in Ponda taluka has already banned entry to foreigners while few other temples have imposed dress code on visitors. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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Mike from UK....1) It isn't the govt that's imposed this dress code, its the priests from the Basilica that have.

2)Tourist traffic especially from East and Northern Europe is increasing year on year (what last 'torists'?) and

3) You really should learn to spell simple words like 'tourists' - helps when you trying to make a point...

- George , Margao | 30 th January 2012 19:11


goa gov. doing evrthng to lose last torists. go ahead

- mike, uk | 03 rd September 2011 14:57


why only blame tourists for improper dressing in churches? what about our sunday masses? don't they resemble F-TV? hypocrates, all of them!!!

- sonia, vasco | 25 th July 2011 11:28


Appreciated move!!!! to show that we do not tolerate inappropriate dressing; many see and have imagination of Goa in a wrong sense b'cos of these foreign tourists who do not how to respect a visiting land.

- Anthony Crasto, Chennai | 21 st July 2011 18:29


i fully agree with massimo.

- suzanne, bombay | 19 th July 2011 17:37


i fully agree with massimmo . moral policing wont help.what about our nude beaches/drugs/crime/rapes/thefts/dacoities/corruption/prostitution/peodifiles/ ?

- suzanne, panjim | 19 th July 2011 14:23


This is really a good move by authority. We shoud protect and preserve our culture and tradition.

- Sudin, Dubai | 18 th July 2011 15:42


hey cover 'Jesus' as well who is crucified semi nude on the cross!

so much for the faith of the inquisitor's deception in the name of nazarin.

And that's an excuse to escape yourselves as ridicule!

- massimo, goa | 17 th July 2011 11:25


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