After Protests, Hyderabad College’s ‘Long’ Kurti Diktat Withdrawn

Several girls would be sent back home if deemed not ‘appropriately’ dressed for college and forced to miss lectures.

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Massive protests were held outside Hyderabad’s prestigious St Francis college, prompting the withdrawal of the sexist diktat which made it mandatory for women to wear kurtis longer than knee-length, and the sleeves of which are up till the elbow.

The college administration had imposed the rule in July, and the move had caused immediate uproar amid students. The decision came after students had already been asked to sign an undertaking which prohibited them from wearing crop tops, dresses, skirts or sleeveless tops to college.

After the rule was executed in late July, groups of students had been protesting against it, as well as the everyday checks at the college gates for entry that it entailed.

“There are several issues with my college, for instance, the washrooms don’t even have water. Girls contract UTIs everyday! But they chose to address a non-concern: that is to make students cover up! I mean, how does it matter what I wear? Why does my college have to police my sartorial sense?”
Seema*, Student

Several girls would be sent back home if deemed not ‘appropriately’ dressed for college, and forced to miss lectures because of this bizarre rule.

“We have had enough! Why should we cover up because some men in our college get attracted? It is a girls college for God’s sake! If this isn’t a safe space for me then I don’t know what is! We will obviously not take this lying down.”
Ritu*, Student

Several celebrities including Sonam Kapoor tweeted a video from the college and condemned the administration. The collective resolve of the students and their support base has helped them defeat the regressive rule.

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