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You can’t blame it on illiteracy or poor policing. Or patriarchal mindsets in India.

It’s the fault of the racy mannequins haunting Mumbai’s lingerie stores, seducing passers-by and turning them into sex offenders. At least that’s what the city’s municipal corporation would have you believe.

In a move ridiculed on Twitter, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has approved a proposal to ban the use of bikini-clad mannequins in lingerie shop displays, in a crackdown aimed at reducing sex crimes.

As expected, Indians tore into the move on social media.

“How about banning women to prevent sexual crimes against mannequins. Makes no sense? Okay. But BMC started it,” humorist Ramesh Srivats posted on Twitter.