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Tourism body apologises for scantily clad women in New Year show

A Maldives tourism body has apologised for the scantily clad women who performed in a New Year show organised by the government.



The Maldives Integrated Tourism Development Corporation has apologised for scantily clad women who performed during a New Year show organised by the government, after criticism from an Islamist group.

The show, which was broadcast live on state media and attended by President Abdulla Yameen and the first lady, attracted a backlash on social media for showing the dancers and the female host.

Critics also claimed the show was inappropriate for family-friendly viewing in the 100 percent Muslim country.

In a statement released Tuesday, MITDC said they believed the dancers were not dressed appropriately for the occasion, and that they would pay more attention to ensure they followed social, cultural and religious standards.

The Islamist group, Jamiyathul Salaf, has filed a complaint about the show to the Maldives Broadcasting Commission.

The group said it would take additional action if necessary, Miadhu reported Wednesday.