New Delhi: Indian consumers will be more comfortable wearing high-tops for the first time when they start wearing them in the coming weeks, with the Supreme Court deciding in a landmark judgment on Monday that high-heeled shoes must be covered up.
The Supreme Court in its order came down heavily on a long-standing Indian tradition where people wore high-end shoes to work, school and other public places, a tradition that has been criticised as a form of caste discrimination.
The court ruled that the requirement to wear the shoes was not in keeping with the Indian tradition and that the government should make the requirement mandatory for every Indian.
“High-heeling footwear is a part of our culture, heritage and culture and should not be limited to those who can afford it,” Justice S. Srinivasan said in the order.
The high court also decided to remove from the list of exempted items items a pair of high-waisted high-necked socks that Indian women often wear to work.
“The high-rise shoes must not be used in a manner that is offensive to women.
They should be kept clean and worn in such a manner to avoid any possible embarrassment,” the order said.
The order came a day after the Supreme court gave final approval to the government’s proposed plan to require women to cover their hair in public in public places in cities and towns, as well as in the absence of a male guardian.
The government had argued that the policy would help curb crime and improve public health by making women feel more comfortable in public.
The country’s women’s body, the National Women’s Commission, has said the policy was a good way to combat sexual harassment and domestic violence, and that a higher proportion of women wearing high heels would reduce violence against women.
The law is not a new idea The government’s plan has been welcomed by the Indian Council of Medical Research, which said in a statement that the plan would help reduce sexual violence.
“In fact, the proposed legislation is not the first to address the issue of women’s protection from violence,” said Dr. Ashok Dutta, director of the NMCR’s Centre for Health Protection and Development.
“However, the implementation of such legislation will help prevent a rise in sexual violence and sexual harassment.”
Indian women are already required to wear skirts and long skirts for work, and the new rules are expected to increase the number of Indian women wearing them.
The Indian government has been under pressure to do more to tackle the issue since India has one of the world’s highest rates of female genital mutilation, known as FGM, which prevents girls under 14 from developing a vagina or clitoris.
Indian women have been protesting against the practice since 2008, when the Supreme Commission for Women reported a record number of FGM cases.
India’s parliament passed the FGM Law in 2007 and has made FGM a criminal offence since then.
The bill was passed by parliament with a majority vote, but has not yet been implemented.
The legislation has faced a series of challenges.
Earlier this year, the Indian Supreme Court ordered the government to take action against an advocate who challenged the bill.
The decision came after a number of high profile FGM prosecutions were overturned by the Supreme Courts, including in 2015.