After Kanpur, a college in Bareilly is in the eye of the storm for attempting to force the 'Indian dress code' on the girl students.
Girl students of Bareilly Degree College, set up in 1837, are up in arms against what they call, "the college administration's move" to ban them from wearing western dresses -- mainly jeans and t-shirts on campus.
After the girl students approached the media, the college administration went on a denial mode, claiming that it had merely advised the girls to "dress up decently."
"Our college principal and proctor routinely tell us what to wear and how? Is this fair? The college doesn't have any dress code for male students then why expect us to follow their diktat," said a girl student, who is pursuing her postgraduate studies.
Some students claimed that they were banned from entering the campus simply because they were wearing jeans and t-shirt.
RP Singh, the college principal, while denying that there was any ban on western attire said, "At times we do tell the girls not to turn up in clothes that are provocative." Asked which clothes can be termed provocative, he said, "After all you cannot expect girl students to turn up in mini skirts on campus."
In Kanpur, PPN Degree College authorities had gone a step further, mentioning in the prospectus that those students who are unable to turn up in "Indian attire" should seek admission elsewhere. After Hindustan Times carried a story on the issue, the condition was relaxed, with girls now turning up in western attire.
"I agree that campus is not a place to show how fashionable you are. Still, in this day and age, it should be left to the individual to take a call. More so if you do not have any official dress prescribed on the campus," said a senior teacher of Bareilly College, adding, "To say that only those girls who dress up in western attire are teased is making things a bit too simple. The problem is not with the dress. It's the mindset."