Lahore women’s college bans jeans

April 30th, 2009 - 9:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Lahore, April 30 (IANS) Apparently bowing to terror threats, a prominent women’s college here known for its progressive outlook has barred its students from wearing jeans and other figure-hugging outfits but the institution says it is only going by the rules.
“The Kinnaird College administration has banned the students from wearing jeans or other tight dresses in the wake of possible terrorist threats,” Daily Times said Thursday.

The college has also imposed a strict dress code that only allows students to wear outfits like the salwar kameez or loose trousers, with the dupatta (stole) being made mandatory.

College Vice Principal Nikhat Khan told the Daily Times the dress code was in line with a government notification on the issue and had nothing to do with rumours about burqa-clad women issuing warnings to students.

According to Khan, jeans and tight outfits had for long been banned on the campus but the new principal was unaware of this, which the students were taking advantage of.

“Students reported an atmosphere of fear after the introduction of rules that barred students from wearing dresses of their choice,” the newspaper said.

Founded in 1913, Kinnaird College currently has 3,000 students on its rolls.

Its motto, ironically, is: “Light to guide us, courage to support us and love to unite us”.

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