No walking in Khaki shorts: Madras High Court asks RSS men to wear trousers
RSS cadres uniform includes Khaki shorts and white shirt.? Photograph: (AFP)
India's southern Tamil Nadu state's High Court ordered the parent body of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday to wear "full pants" during processions.
The court, however, allowed the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) to carry out "route marches" at 14 areas in the state, from November onwards, the Press Trust of India reported.
According to the court's verdict, RSS cadres cannot raise slogans which may hurt the sentiments of others or carry out unlawful activities. The court has told the police they can impose other laws as required.
The cadres must maintain "dress code" (full pant) during processions, according to the court's verdict. Presently, RSS cadres' uniform includes Khaki shorts and white shirt.
The RSS had appealed to the Court to conduct "route marches" October 9 to mark the 1000th birth anniversary of philosopher Ramanuja, after police had denied permission.
The police had refused permission because civic polls will be held on October 17 and 19 and a Hindu Munnani leader had been murdered in Coimbatore on September 22, so the situation was tense.
"The law enforcement machinery is completely overstretched to contain the volatile communal unrest in addition to maintaining public order in view of local body elections," the counter affidavit by the police said.
(WION with inputs from PTI)