A Muslim women’s college in Kerala wants students to shun jeans, tops, while Kolkata college bans jewellery for boys.
Cracking down on tight jeans, short tops and leggings, a north Kerala women’s college has decided to introduce uniforms for its students from this academic year, which also gives the go-by to the niqab for Muslim students.
The dress code will be implemented from July 8 when the next academic session begins for the first year students at the women’s college run by the Muslim Educational Society (MES) at Nadakkavu in Kozhikode. According to the new scheme, students will have to wear salwar, churidar bottom, and an overcoat. Muslim students have been permitted to wear a dark grey maftaor head scarf.
College Principal Professor B Seethalakshmi said the decision to have a dress code came after some students were seen coming to college wearing tight jeans, short tops and leggings.
“We cannot allow this,” she said . However, for the senior students, the uniform will not be insisted upon, although they would have to wear the same items of clothing as included in the dress code, she said. Instead of a shawl, the students will have to wear an overcoat, she said.
The parents of the students, nearly 40 per cent of whom come from very poor families, have lauded the college’s decision to introduce the uniform.
Meanwhile, 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.
Some students said they will stage protests seeking withdrawal of the code that includes a ban on any kind of message written on t-shirts worn by the students and less than full-length trousers.