Mumbai bans 'provocative' mannequins to curb sex crime

Scantily-clad mannequins could soon be banned from shop fronts in the Indian city of Mumbai in an attempt to combat sex crime in the city.

The mannequin dress code, which was passed by an overwhelming majority but still requires formal approval, will only apply to models outside the front of shops.

A mannequin in non-regulation attire in Mumbai, India Credit: APTN

Municipal council member Ritu Tawde, who proposed the ban, said that potential criminals can "get provoked by the mannequin" and that such displays "do not suit Indian culture".

Indians have been demanding stronger protections for women since the gang rape and killing of a student on a bus in the capital New Delhi last December.