Why shouldn't students be allowed to wear clothes of their choice? Mumbai Mirror reports:
Skimpily clad students can provoke incidents like the Marine Drive rape, the Mumbai University feels (never mind if the victim in this case was actually not wearing a skimpy outfit, only a black tee-shirt and blue jeans), so Vice-Chancellor Vijay Khole has called a meeting of all city college principals in the first week of July to discuss "campus attire” for students.“Students are crossing the limits of decency,” Khole told Mumbai Mirror. “After the Marine Drive rape case, we think scantily clothed students could be one of the reasons that such incidents happen,” he said.Khole wants students to dress modestly, though he agrees the meaning of modesty differs from person to person. High on the university's recommendation of a 'modest' dress is the salwar-kameez. Western outfits, especially short skirts, sleeveless outfits, tee-shirts that rise above the navel and trousers that sag below the waistline are a no-no.Khole expects that after the meeting, the prinicipals will convey the university's concern on improper dressing in campuses to students.Wouldn't a meeting that discusses proposals to sensitize the society towards women be more appropriate? But of course, it is always the woman's fault that she is raped.
Isn't it amazing that a Vice-Chancellor holds such regressive views? And we wonder about the state of education in our colleges.