Lingerie-clad mannequins are a common sight in shop windows at retail parks and malls in India's commercial capital. Photo: AFP

Mumbai's bid to ban lingerie mannequins ridiculed

The city council in Mumbai came under fire for a proposal to ban lingerie-clad mannequins in shops and markets for fear they could encourage sex crimes. Commentators and women's rights group have ridiculed the draft directive by the Indian city's Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation at a time when the country is trying to curb crimes against women. The proposal, by BMC member Ritu Tawade, awaits final clearance from the civic body's chief.