In December this year, the Madras high court ordered that a dress code for Tamil Nadu temples will be implemented from January 1, 2016 onwards. Jeans will be banned for both men and women – guys must wear a dhoti and a shirt, or a pyjama ‘with upper cloth’ while entering temples, and women a saree or a half-saree or churidhar ‘with upper cloth’.
But Tamil Nadu temples isn’t an exception to killing women’s fashion sensibilities – it’s a worrying trend that has sprung up across India.
Sri Sairam College of Engineering, Chennai
Titled ‘Big NOs For Girls’, the photo of a circular that went viral on social media showed how Sri Sairam College of Engineering (Chennai) had cracked down on its fresh batch of girl students. Along with a ban on leggings, tight pants and tops, there was also mentions of short kurtas, loose hair, or even large dial designer watches.
Muslim Educational Society , Kozhikode
First year students at women’s college run by the Muslim Educational Society (MES) in Kozhikode has enforced a dress code that includes a salwar, churidar bottom, and an overcoat. Muslim students have been permitted to wear a dark grey maftaor head scarf.
Adarsh Women College, Haryana
4 girls of Adarsh Women College in Bhiwani (Haryana) were fined Rs 100 each for attending classes wearing jeans and T-shirt. According to the college principal Alaka Sharma, they flouted the college dress code.
“The college management has implemented a dress code for students and staff. The girls must wear white salwar kameez on every Monday and any colour salwar kameez rest of the days. The women staff must come dressed in saris, while formal trousers and shirt is the dress code for the male staff. With the changing time, we have allowed the girls to wear jeans paired with long kurta, but these girls were wearing T-shirts,” she said.
When was this dress code set? Hold the gasps, the dress code has been in place since 1970! That is 45 years ago!
Scottish Church College, Kolkata
Authorities at the prestigious Scottish Church College, Kolkata has prescribed a dress code that include well below knee-length skirts for girls and a ban on any kind of ear rings or facial studs for boys. A notice put up on the notice board has said that in order to maintain propriety and proper atmosphere in college campus, the dress code would have to be followed by the students.
RMD College of Engineering
No one is allowed jeans here – not even teachers, and according to a media report, not even parents of students! Blogger Kiruba Shankar, who was scheduled to deliver a talk on entrepreneurship was turned away by campus authorities, and asked to change into formal trousers before he could enter the campus premises.
He later wrote about the incident on Facebook.
A khap panchayat in Barmer has issued a diktat asking the village girls not use cellphones and wear jeans. The decision, taken by Samdari panchayat also banned bridegrooms from wearing a dhoti at their own weddings, and also banned DJs from performing at weddings.
via – indiatimes