Female students of Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT), Bhopal are protesting over dress code and hostel timings on the campus. A large number of female students today organised a protest march over the issue. ANI quoted a student, Harsha, as saying, “We are not allowed inside hostel post 9:30PM. We have college from 9AM-5PM, we go for coaching directly from there.” Harsha alleged that the girl students have to spend nights in the college lobby if they fail to reach campus by 9.30 because of late coaching classes. However, rules are not same for male students. “Coaching class ends late, we get so tired, are forced to sleep in lobby area if we don’t make it by 9:30PM,rule is not same for boys,” she said. Another student Shivangi said questioned the “dress code” on the campus. “Dress code should be such that we feel comfortable, Why should we listen to others? Why can’t we listen to others? This is 21st century, why can’t we wear shorts,” she said.
MANIT has directed female hostellers that they must return to the hostel daily by 9.30 p.m. Any girl student coming after 9.30 pm will have to remain at the waiting lobby area of the girls’ hostel, a notice dated June 28, says. In the same notice, the administration of the institute had also asked girls not to wear shorts and skirts on the campus. However, the decision was later dropped after protests by the students. The female students also dared the college authorities to take action against them by sitting on dharna inside the campus wearing shorts.
(With ANI inputs)