Jammu college girls protest against ‘dress code’

Accuse Peon Of Misbehaving With A Student At The Behest Of Principal Who Rubbishes Allegations

YOGESH SAGOTRA
Jammu, Publish Date: Aug 23 2017 12:39AM | Updated Date: Aug 23 2017 1:06AM
Jammu college girls protest against ‘dress code’GK Photo

Scores of students of the Government College for Women, Parade Jammu, demonstrated on Tuesday against what they termed as the management’s “dress code diktat”.

The students demanded removal of the principal.

Reports said that students were agitated after a peon did not let some girls in for “not wearing proper uniform as per college rules”. Some students accused the peon of tearing a girl’s clothes off.

The students left classes and walked toward the main road, shouting slogans and blocked the main road for nearly an hour.

“The principal wants us to sport two ponytails with ribbons and wear white shoes, which is unacceptable,” said a student.

“We are not schoolgirls, when other college girls in city can wear all types of clothes, then why impose unnecessary diktats on us,” she said.

Another girl student said that they are being targeted for wearing Hijab.

“The peon misbehaved with girls and passed very lewd remarks on our attire,” another student said.

“Hijab is part of our identity but peon asked us to uncover our face while entering the college and he also asked every girl to remove duppata before entering classes,” the students alleged.

Even the college staff had occasionally termed the Hijab as “dress code of militants”, they said.

The protest ended peacefully after police and some teachers persuaded the students to return to their classes, the police said.

However, the principal, Anita Sudan told Greater Kashmir that the girls “who started the protest are actually at fault.”

“Soon after the allegation surfaced we constituted a committee comprising professors from different colleges and the university but so far protesting students failed to produce any evidence of misbehavior or harassment,” she said.

“I called my all four peons in my chamber and asked students to identify who the alleged offender was but they failed because this issue was created just for sake of defaming the management after the authorities tightened the noose around mischievous elements.”

She said, “When the inquiry committee asked them (protesters) what is your demand, all in one voice said my removal, which doesn’t make sense because a girl can’t forgive a person who has harassed her. They should have demanded the arrest of the culprit.”

Sudan said she sent all peons on leave after the students’ allegations.