It seems that miniskirts will be banned in South Korea as a repressive overexposure law comes into effect this week. Those deemed to be overexposed in public will face a fine of 50,000 KRW (£30) under the new law.
The nasty law has been passed by new president President Park Geun-hye at her first Cabinet meeting. It echoes the equally repressive regime of her late father Park Chung-hee, who was in charge of the country between 1963 and 1979. Under his leadership,
skirts that ended 20 centimetres or more above the knee were banned.
Celebrities from the Asian country have posted pictures of themselves wearing provocative clothing online. Opposition leaders also criticised the move, describing it as curtailing freedom of expression. Democratic United Party member Ki Sik Kim wrote on
Why does the state interfere with how citizens dress? Park Geun-hye's government gives cause for concern that we are returning to the era when hair length and skirt length were regulated.
The widespread criticism seems to have registered its point. Police now say that the law relates to nudity and public indecency and does not involve clothing. The National Police Agency's Inspector Ko Jun-ho told CNN:
Any reports that we will be regulating what people are wearing are completely false.
The Government said that it is promising to publicise the exact nature of the law and how it will be implemented.