Sudin makes volte face on bikini issue

PTI, PANAJI | 02 July 2014 22:21 IST

Facing all-round flak, Goa PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar today withdrew his controversial comment demanding a ban on wearing bikinis on the state's beaches, hours after the Chief Minister ruled out prohibiting the outfit on shores where tourists flock in large numbers.

Dhavalikar, whose Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party is an ally of ruling BJP, said he did not intend to hurt anyone's sentiment and the comment was made purely in the interest of safety of women on Goa's beaches. 

"I never wanted to hurt anyone's sentiments. What I said was purely in the interest of safety of women on beaches. If someone is hurt, then I withdraw my statement," he told PTI this evening. 

Dhavalikar had earlier drawn flak for his remarks that young girls going to pub in short dresses was against Goan culture. 

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar ruled out banning wearing of the swimwear on beaches. 

"Goa government does not favour banning bikinis on beaches. But it should not create indecency," Parrikar told reporters while responding to queries about Dhavalikar's comment. 

"I have high regards for women. Whatever I said was not defamatory. I expressed what I felt," asserted Dhavalikar who had yesterday said he feared molestation of women wearing bikinis on the seaside. 

"I don't think there is any problem in Goa. In current scenario, unless it affects public or creates problems there is no reason to interfere and ban bikinis," Parrikar said. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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Birds of same feather, flock together.

- Francisco Lourenco, Goa | 12 th July 2014 16:09


Dhavlikar....................Are baba please wear dhoti and roam ..y r u wearing pant and shirt.......

- steff, Dubai | 05 th July 2014 15:31


If BJP/MGP Want To End Western/Christian Culture From Goa Then BJP/MGP Should Start Wearing Dhoti And Should Boycott All Western/Christian Products. BJP/MGP Must First Implement Indian Culture Among Themselves Before Telling Non-BJP/MGP Followers To Stop Following Western/Christian Culture. BJP/MGP Must Make Themselves Example To Others By Implementing Hindutva In Themselves. Nobody Is Stopping BJP/MGP In Implementing Hindutva For Their Followers.

- Jose Rod, Goa | 04 th July 2014 15:37


Dhavlikars should change the name of their party to MCP (Male Chauvinist Party) .

Shame on the people who voted this people.

- Brian, USA | 03 rd July 2014 04:35


Mr Dhavilikar is no more than a "Pundit" of nonsense.

Women not wearing short dresses and bikinis are raped and molested in India every day(Including Goa) and nearly every minute.

Mr Sudin Dhavilikar should realise we cannot and do not live in a "Puritanical" world.

What can Mr Parrikar do about Mr Dhavilikar. answer..Nothing.

Mr Parrikar needs nonsense & more nonsense to hold onto power in Goa.

- N.Fernandes, London | 02 nd July 2014 22:39


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