Hyderabad, September 16: Days after Hyderabad’s St. Francis College For Women banned shorts and sleeveless dress in the campus, students protested on Monday against the rule. In the morning, around 150 students gathered outside the campus holding placards against the new rule. The lanes leading to college gates were also blocked by the protesting students. The diktat was imposed on Friday. According to some reports, the circular regarding this was issued on August 1. The circular was withdrawn after the protest. Hyderabad Women's College Bans Shorts, Sleeveless Dresses, Says 'Long Kurtis Will Fetch Good Marriage Proposals'.
The principal of the college told students that administration wanted to have a meeting with their representatives, but protesting students rejected the proposal. The college administration had ordered the students to wear Kurtis below knee length with sleeves in the campus. Many students were sent back when they turned up wearing dresses that were not as per the "guidelines". Tamil Nadu Dress Code for State Government Employees: Saree, Salwar-Kameez for Women, Men Allowed Shirts With Formal Pants or Veshti.
Hyderabad: Students of St. Francis College For Women protest against the new rule under which the students have been ordered to wear 'kurtis' below knee length while shorts, sleeveless or other similar dresses are banned in the campus. #Telangana pic.twitter.com/x6luaPuvRE
— ANI (@ANI) September 16, 2019
Video of The Protest:
On September 13, a video was surfaced on social media in which students are seen terming the diktat as regressive, backward and outdated. While speaking to media students of the college said that they were told that "a long Kurti would get us good marriage proposals". However, alumni of the college told News18 that these rules had been there since 2016, but such notices were not taken seriously then. St Francis College in Begumpet is one of the oldest colleges in the city.