Body for dress code within sacred areas

Professor Carlo Fonseka heads a 14-member committee appointed by the Minister of Culture & Arts T.B. Ekanayaka, to come up with an appropriate dress code for visitors to places of religious worship in the country.

The Committee, which also includes actor Jackson Anthony and musician Rohana Weerasinghe, has been asked to submit a report by mid-January, Minister Ekanayaka told the Sunday Times.

The dress code will apply strictly in sacred city areas such as Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Kandy and Sri Pada, while visitors to places of religious worship in other areas too will be required to adhere to it.The Minister said that, once he receives the recommendations of the Committee, he will forward a proposal to the Cabinet, to implement the dress code.

“There have been requests for some time, from members of the clergy, as well as civil society organisations, to come up with such a dress code,” Minister Ekanayaka explained.

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