A man wearing a white check lungi (kallimundu) was denied entry into the guests' gallery in the Kerala assembly on the ground it was a "casual" dress, after which the state Human Rights Commission has sought a clarification from the authorities.
Kunjimoyin from Kondotty in Malappuram, who had accompanied a group of 38 people to witness the assembly proceedings on November 8, was denied permission as he was wearing the white lungi.
An upset Kunjimoyin documented a complaint before the Kerala Human Rights Commission expressing that he was not prevented entry either at the entrance of the assembly building.
However, he was not permitted to enter the visitor's gallery.
Commission has looked for an elucidation from authoritative Secretary V K Babu Prakash on whether there was a clothing regulation in the assembly.
Meanwhile, the Assembly Speaker's office said that 'casual dressing is not permitted inside the house and exhibition. That is the standard practice. A propriety must be taken after. The "Kallimundu" is a casual dress thus the individual was not permitted', an authority said.
"We are holding fast to the systems took after by Parliament on dressing. Just exemption is given to religious images," he said.
The complainant has said it was the custom of Malabar to wear white shirt and kallimundu amid promising events and looked for revision of guidelines if there were tenets against going by the house wearing 'kallimundu'.