A bizarre statement by the Telangana government, which said that only unmarried women are eligible for admission in social welfare residential women’s degree colleges in the state, has sparked outrage.
A bizarre statement by the Telangana government, which said that only unmarried women are eligible for admission in social welfare residential women’s degree colleges in the state, has sparked outrage. According to the Telangana government “married” women are a “distraction” in residential colleges for the unmarried ones. The notification by the Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (TSWREIS), which invited applications for admission into the residential degree colleges, said, “Applications are invited from Women (unmarried) candidates who have secured a minimum of 40 per cent marks in intermediate and desire to appear for Entrance Test to be conducted on 16.04.2017 for admission in B.A/B.Com/B.Sc 1st Year Degree/Semester wise English Medium Courses for the Academic Year 2017-18.”
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The college officials claim that the notice has been issued to make sure that single students do not get distracted when husbands visit wives in the college premises. The move has been highly criticized by women and other sections of society. Shockingly, this is not all, it went on to generate more controversy. Another reason behind this decision that government took is to discourage child marriages. It said that the state is witnessing many child marriages and the government is not being able to control them. They claimed that in this way the government will be able to spread a message that if a girl is not married she can move to higher studies.
Women’s organisations and child rights commission have come out strongly against this notification, saying that this is not a right way to achieve any goals. They said that even if a girl is married and the government recognizes that child marriages are pervasive across the state then why to discourage such women from studying further. Moreover, the women who come to study in these institutes come from very low income classes and therefore it becomes very difficult for them to get education. And if they are barred from educating themselves further as they are married, then their fate will be even worse. Education is everyone’s right, and every women deserves education either married or not, they added.