Two DU hostels bar girls from stepping out for festival!
In 21st Century, Where we talk about girls’ rights and freedom, there are still some people who are trying to impose limits on their freedom. Latest example of it is Notice issued by 2 DU hostels i.e. International Student House for Women (ISHW) & Meghdoot Hostel, who have barred the boarders from stepping out on holi. ISHW saying about this notice that “the decision was taken in the best interest of residents”, while students are totally against this “Arbitrary Move”. According to ISHW notice “Residents & female guests will not be allowed to leave or enter the hostel from 9pm-12am on 12 march till 6pm on 13 march. No late night permission will be granted on 12 march and those who wants to play holi should go outside the residential block within the hostel premises.”
Similarly, Meghdoot hostel also issued a notice for boarders that “The main gate will remain closed from 6am-5:30pm on 13 march”. It also barred the boarders from consuming “any narcotic drugs in form of “thandai”. It also advised the students not to return to the hostel late in the evening of 12 march. Pinjra Tod’, a group of students who have been fighting against discriminatory rules for girls in university hostels, said, “The rise in sexual violence and harassment that women experience on the streets around Holi is barely addressed and instead once again, women are locked up for their ‘own safety’ and arbitrary restrictions are imposed on their mobility.”
The group had last week protested outside the office of the Women and Child Development Ministry here, objecting to a statement by its minister Maneka Gandhi advocating hostel curfew for school and college students — both boys and girls — to protect them from their “own hormonal outbursts.”