Ban rave parties, says Goa woman legislator

July 22nd, 2010 - 6:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, July 22 (IANS) Rave parties should be completely banned in Goa and scantily-clad women should be dropped from government advertisements promoting tourism outside the state, Goa’s only woman legislator Thursday said.
Speaking during a discussion in the assembly, Congress legislator Victoria Fernandes claimed that rave parties rampantly encouraged the use of drugs among tourists and local youngsters.

“Rave parties create a fearful atmosphere. Such night parties should be completely banned. They are having an evil impact on society,” she said.

Drug-laced rave parties are a common occurrence on several beaches along the state’s 105-km coastline, especially along beaches like Anjuna, Morjim, Arambol and Agonda.

The legislator from St Cruz legislative constituency, on the outskirts of Panaji, also criticised the Goa government’s tourism-related advertisements, which, she said, depicted women in bad light.

“The Goa government’s ads should not have scantily-clad women to attract tourists to the state. It is a dirty, insensitive trend which has to be stopped,” Fernandes said.

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