Goa church to put up dress code signs

The church, which houses the relics of St. Francis Xavier, draws hundreds of thousands of visitors throughout the year.

Panaji:Goa’s Bom Jesu Basilica plans to put up sign boards on dress code for visitors.

The church, built and managed by Jesuits since 1605 in Old Goa, draws hundreds of thousands of visitors throughout the year as it contains the relics of St. Francis Xavier.

Basilica rector Fr. Savio Barretto, told reporters that the decision on the sign boards was taken at a meeting of the church management with the Archaeological Survey of India on Friday.

The sign boards, he added, will request visitor to dress properly rather than impose a ban on scantily-dressed visitors. Such a ban might offend the visitors, Fr. Barretto said.

The Jesuit priest said his parishioners had protested the “inappropriately” dressed tourists, who usually come during Masses. Some even suggested barring such tourists from the church, he added.

“First, we will install the sign-board and see,” he said. The church would take care to use the right words on the sign-board that do not hurt tourists.

The church officials have recruited some people to check tourists and their dresses.

The first to impose dress code in Goa were two Hindu temples, Shree Manguesh temple (Mangueshi) and Mahalsa Narayani Temple (Mardol).

Source: zeenews.india.com