Mumbai: The female students of JJ Hospital’s Grant Medical College in Mumbai had launched a protest against the authorities for prohibiting them to wear short skirts, stated a report. Further, the students alleged that the authorities had come up with a set of instructions after a Holi event on March 21. One of the rules was to sit apart from men during events, alleged the female students.

As a sign of protest against the circular issued by the college, students wore ankle-length clothes and covered their faces in protest towards. “The instructions were issued by Dean Dr Ajay Chandanwale and Warden Shilpa Patil. They said women must not wear short skirts, should sit apart from men at events and return to their hostels before 10 pm,” students said.

“We condemn this decision of the college administration. It unnecessarily encroaches on our right to dress the way we want. Why should everyone be punished for the actions, unruly students.” In response to students’ allegations, Dean Dr Ajay Chandanwale said, “The expectation from female students is that they dress appropriately. This alone was my message to the students. There was some chaos during Holi. If there is any grudge or objection, we will hear the students out,” he said.

In a similar incident last year, the Government Medical College (GMC) of Amritsar had banned girls from wearing skirts, t-shirts, jeans and shorts in the college premises. Further, boys were been asked to wear formal trousers instead of jeans, according to a circular issued by college Principal Sujata Sharma. The head of the department requested the concerned staff to ensure that the dress code is followed by all the students.

(With agency inputs)