Lockup the men, let ladies walk out: Kerala HC on hostel curfew timings

Published on Dec 10, 2022 10:58 AM IST

The government claimed the notification had been issued after considering requests by parents concerned about the safety of their daughters.

Lockup the men, let ladies walk out: Kerala HC on hostel curfew timings
Lockup the men, let ladies walk out: Kerala HC on hostel curfew timings
By | Edited by Chandrashekar Srinivasan

The Kerala High Court has come down heavily on the state administration over a curfew for girls studying at a government-run medical college in Kozhikode, demanding to know why restrictions applied to girls when 'men... create more trouble'. According to a report by legal news website Live Law, Justice Devan Ramachandran said: "Lock up the men. I am saying this because they create more trouble. Put them under curfew post 8 pm. Let the girls walk out."

"In modern times any patriarchism is disapproved... even in disguise of offering safety. Girls are as capable as boys to take care of themselves. If there is a necessity of protection, take the help of state and public authorities instead of locking up the girl students," the court said.

This comes after the state's higher education department issued a curfew notification for female students at the medical college's hostel and that notification was challenged by the students; the notification said girls could not leave the hostel after 9.30 pm.

No such rules were announced for male students.

The government claimed the notification had been issued after considering requests by parents concerned about the safety of their daughters.

To this, though, the High Court pointed out the government's duty was to ensure a safe campus for all students and not restrict the movements of girls instead.

According to Live Law, the state government has been asked to provide good reasons as to why its curfew - which reportedly stops girls from even walking on campus after 9.30 pm - should be allowed. The case has been listed for further hearing next Thursday.

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