The Madras High Court has reserved orders on a petition filed by an internee of a homeopathy medical college near Chennai, challenging the dress code that all women undergoing the one-year internship training were required to wear only sarees.
The 24-year-old petitioner V Kamalam, sought a direction to the management of Venkateswara Homeopathic Medical College on the city outskirts to permit her to attend the internship wearing salwar kameez or kurta or churidar with a duppatta.She said that from November 11 last she was not being permitted to continue her internship, which commenced on October 4, for refusing to wear a saree.
She had passed the Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery at the same institution and had applied for internship at the same college which was granted to her by the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University, Chennai.
She also sought a court direction forbearing the college from imposing the 'non prescribed dress code' claiming it was discriminatory and a violation of Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution. She said she had tried to explain to the college authorities that she had never used a saree, but to no avail.
Pointing out that since its establishment the college had laid down a dress code for men and women students undergoing internship, the college Principal in his counter affidavit submitted that the rule was being strictly followed by all such students, denying the charge of discrimination.