Jamia ‘Sexist and hypocritical’: Students slam new rules for women residents

The new rules have attracted the ire of a section of students, who found the measures sexist.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 15, 2015 1:15 am

New rules imposed on the residents of the women’s hostel at Jamia Millia Islamia, which authorities believe they should follow “in their own best interest”, has not gone down well with some of them.

The new rules bar women residents from taking permission for ‘late nights’ and asks them to be back inside the hostel premises by 8 pm.

“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 from the varsity.

The new rules are not applicable to residents of the men’s hostels.

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“Security and safety concerns” prompted the authorities to modify their earlier rules, said Mukesh Ranjan, public relations officer, Jamia Millia Islamia.

“This measure has been put in place keeping in mind security and safety concerns, especially with the nature of crimes that take place in the city. There is also the issue of attendance and fixed meal timings. With students reaching the hostel late, attendance cannot be taken at a fixed time. So a committee, which had been formed to look into this issue, came up with this measure. However, this does not mean that women students cannot be out with parents or their local guardian. The university can relax these rules on a case-to-case basis and in case there is an emergency,” he said.

The new rules have attracted the ire of a section of students, who found the measures sexist.

“All of us are adults. How can the university control our lives and tell us where to go and when to go because we are staying in the Jamia hostel? It is extremely humiliating. It seems that the university does not believe that I can take responsibility for myself,” said a post-graduate student.

The university authorities — who had cited concern about the security of their female students — were “hypocritical”, said another student. She also pointed out that Jamia Millia Islamia had starkly different rules for male and female students.

“If you look at the set of rules that are in place for women and men in the varsity, there is a stark difference between them. There is no issue of attendance or curfew timings for men. At the time of our hostel admission, our parents and local guardians are required to sign an understanding taking responsibility for our actions. The university prospectus has a disclaimer which says that authorities will have no liability towards the resident when she is outside the campus or when she is on leave from the hostel. Why are they suddenly bothered about our safety?” she said.

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    Lovely
    Aug 15, 2015 at 11:46 am
    Prevention is better than cure. Always remember.Modern youth & teens may not like strict discipline but we should be strict. No alternative.
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      Bharat
      Aug 18, 2015 at 10:00 am
      There was no need to bring his religion in to your argument. U are simply looking to spread religious hatred and is not at all concerned by the issue being discussed.
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        shamshad shaique
        Aug 15, 2015 at 9:01 pm
        if the varsity says and one wants to remain in the hostel then one should ought to follow it those who don't like have options to stay in private hostels. there is nothing to make a big issue of it
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          Syed Muniruddin
          Aug 15, 2015 at 7:25 am
          Nirbhay would have been living today had she not chosen to be out late in the night with a boy friend. When will our girls learn? It is purely a point for their safety and has nothing to do with religion.
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            Abraham
            Aug 15, 2015 at 12:11 pm
            Today's youth have become thoughtless and aimless.
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              Indian
              Aug 15, 2015 at 6:15 am
              JAMIA has been always hypocritical about everything. Protest happens only when Mu-slims are the victims and not when NON-MU-SLIMS suffer at the hand of Mu-slims as is happening in PaK, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria etc. .................. ISL-AM is a problem the world over and ISL-AMIC influence in JAMIA should be STOPPED to solve the problem.
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                Indian
                Aug 15, 2015 at 9:38 am
                S SAB, Its your ISL-AMIC upbringing that make you say that WOMEN cannot be out at NIGHT and men can RA-PE women out at night. .............. By the same LOGIC Sa Sab would accuse the victim if MAD DOG bites anyone- should have sta at home. ................. Shameful statement from a STUPID MUS-LIM that too a "S" which implies he claims direct linage from Muhammad.
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