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Indian college bans girls from wearing short dresses

College in India's Haryana state to fine students Rs100 for breaking the dress code

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  • Published: 17:33 December 10, 2012
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  • The Adarsh Women’s College in Haryana state, 110km west of New Delhi, said students would be fined 100 rupees (1.8 dollars) each time they broke the dress code.Picture used for illustrative purposes only

New Delhi: An Indian college announced on Monday it had banned girls from wearing jeans, short dresses and T-shirts to crack down on sexual harassment, sparking outrage from pupils and rights campaigners.

The Adarsh Women’s College in Haryana state, west of New Delhi, said that students would be fined 100 rupees ($1.8) each time they broke the dress code.

“We have imposed a ban on jeans and T-shirts because these are completely Westernised and (so) are short dresses,” school head Alaka Sharma told the NDTV news channel.

“The small dresses don’t cover students and that is the reason why they have to face eve-teasing.”

“Eve-teasing” is a common phrase used in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan to cover offences ranging from verbal abuse to sexual assault, though it is often criticised as a euphemism that hides serious crime.

“Jeans and short tops invite attraction and also distract the students,” Sharma said in a separate interview.

Skinny jeans, T-shirts and other Western fashions have rapidly grown in popularity among young Indians, spreading from cities to rural states such as Haryana, though many older people disapprove of such clothes.

Pupils at the Adarsh college, which teaches girls between 16 and 19, complained that they were being punished unfairly instead of being protected from harassment.

“A ban on wearing jeans and T-shirts doesn’t mean that there will be no crimes and boys will not pass lewd comments on you,” Ritu, a college student, said.

“Men who want to eve-tease can do it if a girl has donned Indian clothes also. I don’t think dressing in Indian attire will bring a change.”

Mamata Sharma, head of the National Commission of Women, told reporters that sexual harassment in India could not be tackled by ordering girls to wear saris and other traditional styles of dress.

“Our country is progressing, we have entered into 21st century and it is very disappointing to hear or see such things,” she told reporters.

“The government should take action against the college management or such institutions who impose diktats on girls.”

Comments (39)

  1. Added 17:50 December 11, 2012

    I strongly agree this terms.

    SHAMEEL.KT, Calicut, India

  2. Added 17:36 December 11, 2012

    I salute the decision. College for studies & developing good habits. Not for fashion parade. Jeans is a good dress, but use it neatly. T -shirts are not good for girls in institutions

    Roy, Abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 17:31 December 11, 2012

    The rules can prevent some doing so and make habit of good

    ummer, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 17:08 December 11, 2012

    It is good news, I don't understand why they are up in arms when Muslim female wear a veil to cover her face or Abaiya to cover her hole body. This is the one of the reason why Islam has such basic rule for female so to save her from this kind of harassment. Beside this strong steps should be taken protect women from such kind of harassment. Such Punishment should include Non bailable warrants / fines or community service. We should respect one's modesty.

    Majid, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 17:04 December 11, 2012

    Good decision! "Western dress" is for West not for India. In India revealing clothes are not considered as a decent dress-code so let our new generation understand revealing or dressing like westerners would not make them modern. Let us keep and stick on to our culture and progress as such our great visionaries has taught us. I think our (Indian) youth has to learn from Emirati's much about this.

    Shiyaz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 16:27 December 11, 2012

    I feel happy to see this news, other colleges also should implement this as it can control the eve teasing and more over it keeps Indian identity like olden days. We need to keep our India to be proud among all the countries.

    Ramesh, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 16:22 December 11, 2012

    This is the only way to stop eve teasing and women harassments, great move.

    HI, SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 15:27 December 11, 2012

    No man made rule can help in such matters. The eve-teasers will continue and the girls who want to 'display' will do it. Implementation of divine rules only can help. Females to cover up and Males should lower their gaze or face the consequence.

    Ahmed, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 15:25 December 11, 2012

    I beleive in the equal right for women and man. Being a male i disagree with this rule. its an outright punishment in other words. I suggest to teach the mem to respect women and protect them. Educate them.

    Roy, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 15:19 December 11, 2012

    I totally back this new step! I am a guy but also a Muslim, and I think it trains girls and guys in college universities not to be influenced by the western cultures and tradition in that early age.

    Umaiz Memon, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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