The district administration cancelled its decision to keep a dedicated zone for women and children visiting the world’s longest sea beach after just 10 hours in the face of massive backlash from the netizens.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mamunur Rashid inaugurated a separate ‘reserved area’ for women and children at Labani Point on the beach around 12 noon on Wednesday.
After drawing an adverse reaction from the tourists, the district administration changed their decision on Wednesday night.
The news of the inauguration of a ‘reserved area’ for women and children at the beach sparked nationwide criticism.
DC Mamunur Rashid said, “A special zone was set up for the benefit of women and children tourists. Cox’s Bazar is a tourist area so their opinion needs to be given importance. As they do not want such a zone, we backtracked on the decision.”
According to the district administration, the reserved area would have separate dressing rooms and locker rooms for female tourists. The district administration determined an area of 150 metres for the special zone to make women tourists feel safe at the beach.