In a massive victory for the students of St Francis Degree and PG College for Women, the management on Monday has withdrawn the irrational dress code imposed a month ago.
Students on Monday organized a massive protest by blocking the entire lane leading to the main gate of the college. They raised slogans holding posters to urge the management to engage in talks with the student representatives.
KT Rama Rao TRS working president and Minister congratulated the students for asserting their fundamental rights that forced the management to roll back the dress code.
My compliments to the girls of St. Francis college who protested and made sure their college backed off👏👏
— KTR (@KTRTRS) September 17, 2019
Situation worsened on Friday when the management deployed female security guards who were allegedly heckling at the students while checking their dress. Despite repeated requests the students were not allowed to attend classes.
“Many students who had presentations and important classes were asked to go back as the length of their kurtis was a little above the knees” said a student who was protesting the dress code.
One of the student representatives said “We don’t have a problem with restrictions on wearing sleeveless or crop tops, but the management cannot decide the length of the kurtis and deny entry. The move is only reinforcing the patriarchal mindset.”
The college management earlier earned the ire when they issued a circular that said students were being sent to the college by their parents in anticipation of better marriage prospects and that they should not dress in a way that will arouse men.
Students have been protesting the diktats of the management since August alleging moral policing by the college authorities while terming them to be reinforcing patriarchal mindset.
St Francis college management has asked the students to wear Kurtis below the knees and did not allow students wearing Kurtis even an inch above the knees to attend classes.
Recently a video surfaced where the College Principal Sr Sandra Horta was seen checking the dress of the students.
Another student representative pursuing bachelor’s degree said that “We don’t want to be part of such institution that wants to reinforce patriarchy. Such reputed college management telling us that we are arousing men is not a healthy environment for our intellectual development.”
She added that according to the latest undertaking issued after talks with St Francis College management and student representatives, the students are now allowed to dress as they wish except mini-skirts and crop tops.