Jamia’s ‘no late nights’ for girls invites students ire
The new rule making it compulsory for girls staying in Jamia Millia Islamia hostels to obtain permission for late nights has not gone down well with a section of students who have termed it as ‘sexist’ and ‘partial’.
However, the varsity authorities claimed it was ‘in students; best interests’ and the hostel administration will be accommodative if genuine needs arise. “Residents of the Hall of Girls are informed that no late night is allowed any more. You are, therefore, required to follow the norms, in your own best interests,” stated a notice issued by the university. Hitherto women residents of the hostels were allowed to stay out of the premises till 10 pm twice a month when the usual deadline of 8 pm was not required to be followed.
However, now girls who wish to stay out a little longer can do so only with the written permission from their local guardians. “The rules of girls hostels at the university are sexist as there are no curfew hours for boys. If security is the reason for these strict rules for girls, then what about the security of boys?,” a student said on the condition of anonymity.