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24 Sep 2020

Cambodia banning girls to wear ‘short clothes’

Foreign Affairs News Desk
Foreign Affairs News Desk
Young girls from Cambodia/Zapata Bar, Phnom Penh
Young girls from Cambodia/Zapata Bar, Phnom Penh

Cambodian government is drafting a law banning women from wearing “shorts clothes.”

Under the proposed law, if a woman wears short clothes, the woman will be penalized.

Thus, the new law will be prohibited Cambodian women from wearing “too little or provocative” clothing and men will be prohibited from being “topless”.

The government says the law is being introduced in an effort to preserve cultural traditions and social prestige.

However, some are opposed to such a rule. Locals have also launched an online signature campaign against it. The campaign, launched last month, has so far garnered more than 21,000 signatures.

The rules related to clothing in the draft bill are being discussed the most on social media. However, social activists are also expressing concern over other provisions of the bill.

The bill proposes banning people with mental health problems from roaming freely in public places, prohibiting begging, and seeking the administration’s permission to gather peacefully in public places.

These provisions would reduce the personal fundamental rights and freedom of the citizens and increase poverty and inequality, they said.

If passed, the law will take effect next year.

Some say, it needs to step up pressure to the government to amendment the draft. Otherwise, they fear the draft could be passed.

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