As weird as it could get, St. Francis College in Hyderabad of Telangana has come with a bizarre suggestion for its female students that has garnered it a lot of criticism in the media and social media as well.
The college’s new dress code is enough to make you laugh and feel pity for the mindset of the administration. The administration has come up with a special dress code with a belief that adhering to the dress code would bring in good marriage proposals for the girls.
The students were not allowed to attend their classes if they wore anything that was against the newly implemented dress code. The girls were directed to wear Kurtis below knee length with sleeves, while shorts, sleeveless or other similar dresses were banned inside the campus.
A few students took the video of the dress and lashed out at the administration for imposing an outdated and backward dress code which completely flouted the terms of the progressive society and women empowerment.
The students were heard saying in the video, “At a time when we are talking about women empowerment, such a diktat is against the entire campaign.”
Zanobia Tumbi a student from the college said, “The representatives were told that a long Kurti would get us good marriage proposals.”
The administration humiliated the students constantly for wearing skirts that were even a single inch higher than the knee.
Tumbi said, “The administration considered objecting to the newly imposed rule was blasphemous.”
Even security guards were hired to check in on the length of the skirts of the girls who then reported any such findings to the administration who would then go further and humiliate the girls.
In a Facebook post by former student at St Francis College, Zanobia Tumbi said:
“Guys, remember the day you came to this college for your admission? Y’all had a sense of admiration for the college and it’s activities. For many of my friends this college had a sense of simplicity that we all liked, a sense of calm. But ever since that first impression things have only been getting worse.
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.”
She shares few videos on her Facebook page:
Source: Zanobia Tumbi/FB