A notice put up at a girls' hostel at India's premier institute for engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-D), asking residents to wear "full covered decent western or Indian dresses" on the occasion of House Day, has sparked widespread outrage.
"This is the first time that such a notice has been put up".
Several girl students in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar have vehemently spoken against such circular issued by the IIT- Delhi and termed it as a deliberate attempt to curtail women's' right and a clear instance of gender discrimination.More news: Why Snyder's-Lance Inc (LNCE) Stock Is Tanking Today
"We have asked the hostel administration to withdraw the notice as it is not proper to tell girls students what to wear and what not to wear", said T.R Sreekrishnan, Dean of students affairs, IIT Delhi. Another premier institution, Delhi's Hindu College, had also introduced a dress code for women students a year ago.
Upadhyayula, however, on Tuesday denied having issued any such circular and ordered to remove the notice. The warden, however, claimed that it was not her signature and that the entire episode might be a "prank". According to an NDTV report, Ramgopal Rao, one of the professors at IIT, said they had not meant to impose a dress code.
A photo of the notice was shared on Facebook which in no time started garnering attention on social media. Amid the controversy, the notice is being withdrawn. "It's a terrible display of patriachial midset by the prestigious institute". The DCW too has expressed strong objection to the notice and is investigating the matter. "There is no dress code at IIT-D", he added. "We have no intention of imposing any dress code".