Lucknow, Jul 1 : The district administration has banned entry of indecently clothed visitors inside Imambara. The decision was taken on the request of the Hussainabad Trust and clerics.
"Following a guideline by Lucknow district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma, visitors at Bara Imambara and Chotta Imambara, the 18 century historical place of the city of Nawabs are now being asked to come in 'decent clothes',those in 'indecent clothes' are being stopped at the gates," officials here on Monday said.
A board regarding the same have been put up. Those dressed indecently are being stopped and made to go back", sources said while adding that the women and girls are being offered dupattas and stoles to cover their head and other parts of the body, sources said.The District Magistrate of Lucknow, Kaushal Raj Sharma, after a meeting with the Shia community, has agreed that women wearing short skirts, skimpy tops and other revealing clothes will not be allowed inside the Imambaras.
The DM added that guards and guides have also been instructed to restrict the entry of people dressed improperly and keep a vigil to "check obscenity that hurts religious sentiments". The Imambaras have religious sanctity for Shias who resent "indecent" behaviourSources said that the decision was taken during the meeting of the Hussainabad Trust recently when clerices and others raised that people complain about some visitors coming in indecent clothes.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the Husainabad Allied Trust and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). The trust manages the two monuments that are declared as protected sites by the ASI."It's a historical and religious monument. People are being made aware,those dressed indecently are being stopped at the gates. Guideline to be issued in a week," source said.The guidelines also prohibit all kinds of professional photography or shoots inside the premises of the historical monuments in the city and mentioned there will be a punishment for the guards who do not follow these orders.
The DM’s guidelines also mention increasing security in and around the premises of the historical monuments.The order comes after a group of Shia clerics, historians and civil society members upset over tourists roaming around in "revealing and improper clothes" within the precincts, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the ASI and the district administration, seeking action in the matter.
The signatories questioned why a code of conduct was not made mandatory for visitors to the Imambaras while other shrines such as the Golden Temple in Amritsar had strictly implemented them.The DM said that the ASI had also been directed to renovate parts of the monuments that are showing signs of decay.