And it starts again. With college admissions in progress, how can the moral police be far behind? The principal of a college in Bhandup, Maharashtra, denied admission to four girls for wearing indecent clothes – tight jeans. Saroj Phadnis, the principal, said, “We do not have it as one of the admission criteria… We believe in preserving Indian culture. A college is a place where you come to learn and there is no need to wear revealing clothes.” Reportedly, this isn’t the first time that the college in Bhandup has denied admission to girls based on their attire. But, this is not the only time that a college that has come down hard on girl students from exercising their freedom to wear what they want. DT brings a quick recap.”
In Kanpur, four girls’ colleges affiliated to Kanpur University ‘Juhari Devi Girls’ Degree College, SN Sen Degree College, DG Girls’ College and AN Degree College â€“ banned jeans, sleeveless blouses and heels on campus, in June 2009. “The move has been taken to check eve-teasing and ensuring discipline,” DG Girls’ Degree College principal Meeta Jamal had justified her decision then in this manner.
Another college – PPN Degree College, a co-ed institution, banned girls from wearing ‘objectionable’ clothes like jeans, skirts and tight tops to check eve-teasing on campus. The move was welcomed by Kanpur University vice-chancellor Prof HK Sehgal.
Following the Kanpur college ban that took place in four girls’ colleges, the Uttar Pradesh Pracharya Parishad held a meeting where an association of principals of 22 leading government-aided colleges decided to impose this ban on girls wearing jeans on campus. The decision supporting the ban was unanimous and was carried in view of the fact that – “It has been viewed that eve-teasers generally target girls wearing jeans or modern clothes,” said, principal Ashok Kumar Srivastava of DBS College.
Sri Jagadguru Renukacharya Preuniversity College, Bengaluru, had banned girls from wearing jeans on campus. However, the college bowed down to pressure as over a hundred students protested against this decision. “The intention behind the ban on jeans was that many students were coming to college wearing jeans, that looked ‘indecent’. However, we don’t mind them wearing it now, but they should ensure decency in their attire, be it a girl or a boy,” a management committee member had said