Starting Monday, students at Patna’s Magadh Mahila College won’t be allowed to wear T-shirts and sleeveless tops. While no specific dress code has been prescribed, the college administration passed the order to “maintain decorum” on campus.
The college cabinet, which has over 50 members, including representatives of the college students’ union, Saturday decided that officials would keep an eye on the main entrance, bike stand, canteen as well as the classes to monitor if students are dressed in accordance with the new order.
“As violence against women has been on the rise, the college administration has to take some steps, even if they seem regressive. Though the Delhi gangrape verdict may be a deterrent, education institutions have responsibilities as well,” a source explained.
When contacted, Patna University Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Sinha told The Indian Express, “It is an internal order. As long as the dress code ensures decency, there is no problem. But if it restricts freedom of individuals, we will have to take a re-look at it. No other Patna college has any such dress code.”
The office of the Bihar Governor, who is ex-officio chancellor, said the chancellor does not generally interfere in such cases. “If such an order spreads to other colleges and complaints are received from parents or students about their freedom being restricted, Raj Bhavan may intervene.”
K’taka staff told to wear ‘decent’ clothes
The Karnataka government has asked its employees to wear “decent” clothes to work. According to a September 12 circular, men have to stick to pant-shirt or kurta-pajama and women to saree or churidar. The decision was taken after some secretariat employees, particularly new ones, were found wearing clothes “that did not bring any repute”. PTI