Jeans prohibited on Kanpur college campuses (Lead)

June 9th, 2009 - 6:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, June 9 (IANS) Four Kanpur colleges have banned students from wearing jeans, saying it will keep eve-teasing in check. Students are livid about the decision.
Dayanand Degree College (DDC), Acahrya Narendra Dev College (ANDC), Sen Balika College (SBC) and Johari Degree College (JDC) - all affiliated with Kanpur University - have prohibited their students from wearing jeans after a recent meeting.

“When college gets over, boys literally throng the gates. They often indulge in uncouth behaviour, particularly towards those girls wearing body-hugging jeans. It’s a routine affair here,” DDC principal Meeta Jamal told IANS on telephone.

The students are angry about this decision. “The decision taken by the college authorities is illogical. If they want to check eve-teasing, they must approach the police,” said Shweta Chaturvedi, a DDC student of B.Sc.

Richa Sharma, another student, echoed similar sentiments. “Wearing jeans is common among college students. I can understand the ban against mini skirts and short tops, but why jeans?”

The authorities decided to ban their students from wearing jeans after receiving several complaints of eve-teasing that were occurring just outside the college gate. With this in mind, the college authorities today (Tuesday) issued a notice that has been displayed on the notice boards of all the departments.

A dress code for students is what is next on the agenda for the college authorities. “Soon there will be a dress code for the students after which they will not have to ‘waste time’ selecting their clothes” said Jamal.

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