I am always amazed – Where do ‘the authorities’ get so much confidence? What makes them so sure that they always know better than the students? (specially in matters that are not related to their fields of expertise)
Make up should be sober and unobtrusive. Translucent dresses are forbidden…
Lady students should wear tops with sleeves which should be minimum 4 inches and the top should be at least 7 inches below the waist.
(Ladies may please insure (sic) that the shoes/sandals cover the foot completely). Please note that flipons (sic)/slippers/floaters are strictly prohibited.”
And the aim?
Asked about the new dress code, Singhal immediately said that the rules were all on paper. “The rules were introduced to bring about discipline in the college. This is a professional course and all colleges have dress codes for their students as to bring about uniformity in the college,” he said. [link]
This raises some questions.
1. What does the college aim to achieve by creating ‘rules on paper’? To use them when convenient perhaps?
2. The 4 inches, 7 inches and translucent dresses – How is all this related to the reason given – “discipline”? How do sleeveless tops affect discipline?
Do we sense concerns like these here: Girls in AMU library will ‘attract’ boys: VC ?
What happens when the students step out of the college? Does the college suggest imposing of 4″ sleeves on any woman who steps out into the street?
3. Educational institutions are service providers – do they believe that they have the right to control the personal lives of the consumers they provide services to?
4. If the idea is to prepare the students for the real world – then why don’t our institutions teach young adults (and little children) about deciding/thinking/choosing for themselves? About their right to their bodies,minds, dreams and futures? And about freedom and human rights and gender equality?
How does this kind of infantilising influence the confidence of those it controls?
Who do you think is the best judge, when it comes to taking personal decisions, for each one of us?
I read and loved these lines, shared by Women’s Web on facebook.
There is a voice inside of you
That whispers all day long,
“I feel that this is right for me,
I know that this is wrong.”
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide What’s right for you – just listen to
The voice that speaks inside.
Maybe such colleges have the parents’ support when they make such rules. They are aware that many Indian parents are made uncomfortable by any attempts by the youth (or anybody else we can control) to think for themselves.
Many of us don’t agree with the idea of letting ‘children’ (of all ages) think for themselves.