Dress codes in places of worship has been an ongoing debate in India. Religious leaders like Temple priests, Imams and Christian priests seem to want to have a say as to how women belonging to their religion should dress. However, a video that recently resurfaced nearly 11 months after it was originally uploaded on a Christian Channel on YouTube, seems to have raised an uproar, with people angrily commenting about the priest’s speech.
“Why is that thing even in church?” he asks as he seems to think that women wearing jeans shouldn’t be allowed in the Church. Addressing a Christian convention, he goes on to say, “There are times when you don’t feel like giving communion to these girls in church or even allowing them in church.” He even comments on their hairstyle and wishes if they would at least comb it or tie it up with a ribbon. He feels, that a woman so dressed is merely showing off!
The rant goes on, “I want to ask girls sitting here, has the Catholic Church allowed you to wear jeans and banyan that men wear?” Father Sharlom even goes on to say that outfits like these tend to tempt men into committing sin and that by trying to do so with their skimpy outfits, the women are sinning.