By Bhaskar Mukherjee, TNN | Jan 8, 2013,
A khap panchayat
in Hisar village
has ordered youngsters not to use mobiles and has told girls not to wear jeans
HISAR: A khap panchayat
in a Hisar village
has banned mobile phones
for youngsters and ordered girls not to wear jeans and T-shirts
. Organising a DJ
party is out of bounds and a complete prohibition on liquor
has also been issued.
The decision was taken by the panchayat at Khedar village. Sarpanch Shamsher Singh said, “We have decided to ban alcohol as it is the main reason behind rapes. We have also banned jeans and T-shirts for girl students as it is not a proper dress.”
Shanti Devi, a middle-aged woman present at the panchayat said, “The decision of the panchayat is good and will check the harassment of girls. Poor dressing is the main reason behind rapes”. The panchayat formed an 11-member committee to ensure that the decision is implemented. “We welcome the decision of the panchayat and anyone organizing a DJ party in the village will be fined Rs 11,000. Our main purpose is to close the alcohol shops in the village as liquor is the main reason behind attacks on women,” said panch Mahaveer Singh, a resident of the village.
Youngsters have opposed the diktat. “The decisions will prove to be counter-productive. The mobiles can be useful in alerting parents or the police in case of assaults,” said Ram Kishan, a young man from the village. Another man, who termed the khap diktat outlandish, irrelevant and objectionable, said on anonymity: “These people are vindictive. If we question their decision they will ban us from the
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Women’s organizations oppose anti-women statements of Ministers of M.P. Government and burning of Jeans
We condemn the incidence of burning of jeans in district Damoh. We are shocked that Babulal Gaur, Ramkrishna Kusumaria and Kailash Vijayvargiya have welcomed it and made many statements that blame women for violence against them. We oppose such thinking strongly. We want people to know that there is no connection between our dress and the violence perpetrated against us and to dress as per our choice is a part of our freedom and our constitutional rights.
When the issue of women’s rights is being raised all over the country there is need for serious fresh thinking and at this time such conservative statements that try to limit women’s freedom are in themselves criminal. Many other statements have been made to curtail the freedom of women.
It is a cause of concern that none of these ministers have retracted from such statements nor has the Chief Minister, who is making declarations of making the state safe for women, has intervened or remarked against his ministers.
The State Women’s Commission has also not taken cognizance of these incidents. We believe that these statements expose the lie of a democratic face of the government which is actually governed by feudal and patriarchal ideology. We also want to state that capital punishment or castration are not going to reduce crimes. We are opposed to the statement of chairperson of SCW that advocates such solutions.
We want to underscore the point that ground reality has to improve and the existing law and processes have to be put to better use. Timely registration of FIRs, medical examination, collection of evidence combined with a fast trial are some of the changes that are urgently required to be made.
It must be remembered that M.P. is at the top as compared to the other states when it comes to violence against Dalit and tribal women. In child sexual abuse also M.P. does not lag behind others. We want to ask what is the connection between rape of such women and girls and the dress they wear?
According to us such statements fan sentiments that lead to rape and are helping in saving rapists as the violence is being blamed on the dress, behaviour and character of the victim. This is an attack on women’s struggle for equality and their hard earned gains. Families are becoming insecure due to rising incidence of rapes and sexual harassment and are already trying to withdraw girls from schools. In such a situation statements of these ministers provoke more discrimination against girls and women. In such an atmosphere women cannot hope to be free.
We oppose the statements of these ministers strongly and demand that the Chief Minister takes strong action against them
M.P. Mahilla Manch, Women against sexual violence and state repression m.p., National Federation of Women
( translatiion courtesy kalpana mehta)
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By TNN and HT | Dec 11, 2012,
: Adarsh Mahila College in Bhiwani
ruled out any change to its dress code
even as the national commission for Women
(NCW) lashed out at it on Monday for penalizing girls for wearing jeans
Calling the decision uncalled for and bizarre, NCWchairperson Mamta Sharma said, “The government must take action against such institutes.” The college authorities on Friday had slapped an Rs 100 fine on four students for coming to college in jeans and T-shirts.
However, college principal Alka Sharma said that the dress code would remain in force and they were not considering changing it. “Why should we change the dress code? There is no such demand from the students,” she stated adding that they allowed wearing jeans with a long kurta but not t-shirts.
When asked whether there have been any instructions from the Haryana higher education department or the university grant commission on a dress code in the colleges, she replied, “We receive no instructions from these authorities. Nor am I aware about any dress code in any other colleges or varsities,” she stated.
“The college has been carrying forward the tradition and principles set up by its founders and has made a mark in imparting education to the women”, she said.
Justifying the decision to impose a fine on four women students for violating the college dress code on Friday, the principal of the institution said there was no question of its withdrawal. Four students of Adarsh Mahila Mahavidyalaya women’s college at Bhiwani were fined Rs. 100 each after they were found wearing jeans and T-shirts by principal Alka Sharma during a surprise check. The students tried to register their protest by mobilising support from their classmates but had to abandon it after the college authorities warned them of severe consequences. Principal Sharma said, “The reason we have banned the western outfits is because when there a dress code, all the girls look alike and nobody suffers from any kind of complex. But western clothes attract the attention of men.”
Students expressed their indignation over the dress code to mediapersons in the college on Monday. “The norm of abstaining from wearing western clothes may have gone down well in the 1970s or ’80s when the college came into existence but we are girls of generation Y,” said a student who didn’t want to be named.
Said another student, Ritu, “The ban on wearing jeans or western clothes doesn’t guarantee that boys will not pass comments on girls. Even if a girl wears a burqa and doesn’t have confidence to handle the situation, she too can fall victim to eve-teasing.”
Jatinder Parsad, head of the sociology department at Rohtak’s Maharishi Dayanand College, said, “Imposition of a ban on jeans and T-shirts is something like a ban on their freedom and today if they are moulded according to a conservative mindset, how would they fit themselves in jobs if they move to metros or foreign countries?”
The girl students and the faculty of the college maintained that there had been opposition to the dress code but the authorities remained unmoved. However, students of the college refused to come on record against it
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By Deepender Deswal, TNN | Dec 10, 2012, 04.05 AM IST
: Four girls invited the wrath of Adarsh Women College
, Bhiwani, on Friday as they attended classes wearing jeans and T-shirt. A fine of Rs 100 was imposed on each of them. Though college authorities justified their action citing that the girls had flouted the dress code, the incident has not gone down well with students and a section of the faculty members.
College principal Alka Sharma said the girls were fined for violating the dress code, which has been there ever since college came into existence in 1970.
“The college management has implemented a dress code for students and staff. The girls must wear white salwar kameez on every Monday and any colour salwar kameez rest of the days. The women staff must come dressed in saris, while formal trousers and shirt is the dress code for the male staff. With the changing time, we have allowed the girls to wear jeans paired with long kurta, but these girls were wearing T-shirts,” she said.
“Another reason to impose this ban is to maintain the decorum of the college, every child should look same irrespective of what class she belongs, and through this nobody will have superiority and inferiority complex. Considering all these things, all students will come in Indian dress and would not wear jeans and t-shirts as it attracts men,” said Sharma.
College sources, however, maintained that though students have objection to this dress code and have even opposed it on several occasions, authorities remained unmoved.
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