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Dress code for women? Rubbish!

An expert in women-studies in Bangalore has outraged young women all over the country with her recent comments, which suggest that a universal dress code for women could end sexual harassment.

entertainment Updated: Jan 06, 2012 01:45 IST
Namya Sinha

An expert in women-studies in Bangalore has outraged young women all over the country with her recent comments, which suggest that a universal dress code for women could end sexual harassment.



The former head of department of women studies at Bangalore University, Dr KK Seethamma said to a national daily that she advocated a dress code for women "for their own good", especially in colleges. She went on to say that many women lecturers in the Bangalore University wear jeans and salwars, "so what respect do they expect from boys?"



WomenTeachers in the Capital feel that the proposal is not only impractical, but also regressive. "We can ask students to follow a particular dress code on special occasions but otherwise, students should take their own call. It would be great if that understanding comes from the students themselves, and they decide what is appropriate and what not," says Kanika Khandelwal, media coordinator, Lady Shri Ram College.



Dr I S Bakshi, principal, Dyal Singh College, agrees. "As a college principal, I will never favour a dress code for female students. However, I expect parents to guide their kids on what is acceptable in an education institution. Also, college students are adults, and they can make their own decisions responsibly," he says.



Writer Taslima Nasreen also tweeted about the matter: "Bangalore University telling women to wear certain clothes to prevent rape. They haven’t told men yet not to rape. Women get raped whatever they wear, burqa or bikini. Rape is not about look, rape is about criminality (sic)."