It is 2019 and one would think that by now women would no longer be judged by the kind of clothes she wears, that academic institutes would do away with the bizarre imposition of dress codes, and that, most importantly, women would stand by women. Turns out, we were wrong.
A renowned girls college in Hyderabad, St Francis College for Women banned the students from wearing kurtis whose length is above the knee and sleeveless clothing. They claimed that short kurtis show a woman’s thigh which “attracts men” and that wearing long kurtis will be able to fetch them good marriage proposals.
According to sources, those wearing kurtis ending even an inch above the knee aren’t being allowed to enter the college premises. So much so that the college has hired female security guards to check their clothing one by one and allow only those wearing long kurtas to enter college.
Students have taken to social media to slam the college of its regressive mentality and have expressed concern over not being allowed to sit for classes and take tests.
User Zanobia Tumbi’s viral post on Facebook bears details to the ongoing practice that has been taking place in the college:
Sr Sandra announced a new dress code change in the middle of the year and her colleagues told our representatives that a long kurti would get us good marriage proposals. They told our representatives that standing up for a cause is blasphemous, raising your voice is blasphemous. This went against the very grain of our values as millennials of the 21st century.
Things got worse, everyday we were all humiliated for wearing a kurti that was just an inch or less above the knee, we were made to stand outside the college, loosing out on classes and tests. things did not stop there, the college went ahead and hired female security guards in the pretext of security, these female guards were checking the length of our Kurtis, they went ahead and pulled girls by their id cards and even pulled their Kurtis. Now it’s time we do something about this.
We can’t just watch their internalized patriarchy ruin our college days, dictate our beliefs and lifestyles. We cannot be humiliated everyday. There are girls who have said that they don’t have the money to afford new kurtis, they were asked to leave the college. This has to stop. THIS IS TOXIC.
Hence on MONDAY we shall not enter the college gate, we shall stand outside the gate in protest. This is the spirit of modern India that we will uphold. We are the makers of what is to become of India. We can’t let this slide. So *MONDAY – 16th SEPTEMBER 2019 at 9AM* We all stand out of the college gate. I request all combinations to oblige, in our numbers is our strength. Please lets all stand together and put an end to this.
Videos of the security guards checking the length of the kurtas have gone viral:
Check the entire post here:
Guys, remember the day you came to this college for your admission? Y'all had a sense of admiration for the college and…
One of the students in the video is heard saying, “This is supposed to be one of the best colleges in the Hyderabad. If we are treated like this here, what can we expect from the world?”
The issue has sparked massive outrage online where netizens are calling out the dress code ridiculous and downright offensive.
With every step that we move towards empowering women, we seem to go two steps backwards. Such treatment of female students, that too from a women’s college is absolutely shameful.