Abuja - Sarah Jibril, Special Adviser to the President on Ethics and Moral Values, on Monday warned that indecent dressing by ladies was an open invitation to assault or even rape.
Speaking during an interview in Abuja, Jibril said that dressing indecently and in a sexually suggestive mode brings dishonour to those concerned.
The special adviser said that indecent dressing, especially amongst the youths, was one of the causes of the incessant cases of rape and sexual harassment across the country.
She blamed the scourge of indecent dressing on poor parenting, peer pressure, wrong use of the Internet, fading values as well as demonic influence, among others.
Jibril said that the negative consequences of dressing indecently include rape, prostitution, armed robbery, lying, poor school grades, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
She advised parents to be good moral examples to their children, adding that they should also give their children attention and regulate the films they watch at home.
"Parents should monitor their children even though some of them try to dress decently at homes but when they go back to school especially those in the high institutions, they dress indecently.
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"Parents, therefore, should monitor their children by ensuring that the clothing they take to school were properly checked and ensure that you ask your children questions and be close to them.
"Parents should not be too harsh or too strict to avoid scaring them away and anything that concerns them should not be taken for granted.
"Show them love and mentor them; more importantly, always pray for them for God's guide and direction.
"Our religious leaders should always preach against indecent dressing.
"Such dressing is not African culture. We go round the states preaching to our youths telling them to be mindful of the kind of clothes they wear," Jibril said.
She said that her office was collaborating with relevant security agencies on the issue, adding that the essence of the partnership was to ensure that those who dress indecently are corrected by the agency.