It was moment of disappointment for the students of St Xavier's College, Mumbai when they saw a notice at the college entrance banning ripped and torn jeans on campus.
Dress code row: It was moment of disappointment for the students of St Xavier’s College, Mumbai when they saw a notice at the college entrance banning ripped and torn jeans on campus. The ban was introduced by the college after some professors mentioned that it had become an embarrassment in the class. Commenting on the same, Principal Agnelo Menezes said, “We don’t allow sleeveless and short clothes on campus. Recently, we added ripped jeans to the list.” He further said that apart from sometimes being vulgar, the ripped jeans also make a mockery of the poor.
Torn clothes are worn by poor people as they don’t have many choices and one should not make this a fashion statement, said Menezes. “Students should be a little more professional in their approach in college. A business school will never allow such clothes on the campus. Students can make use of all the fashion outside the college campus, he added.
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St Xaviers is not the only college in the city to prohibition certain western fashion trends, reported The Indian Express. Even other colleges like Wilson College in Girgaum there is a restriction on wearing sleeveless and shorts. However, the rule is only for BMM students while other department students are allowed to do so.
Justifying the ban, a professor from the college said that the torn part could be anywhere on the pants and sometimes it becomes embarrassing. Many of such incidents have prompted the need of an informal notification regarding the restriction to the students.
According to students, such restrictions are increased during fests time. Normally boys and girls of Wilson College are asked to vacate the college after 6 pm, but during fests boys are allowed to stay till midnight, while girls are asked to leave early.
As per a VJTI student, the institute does not allow concerts during festivals too. There are many of such bans on occasions like Valentine’s Day, Rose Day and Friendship Day etc.