Within hours of being issued, a controversial circular by a hostel warden at NIT Calicut in Kerala asking female students ‘not to roam with boys’ in the residential campus was withdrawn after outrage on social media. The regressive circular irked many on social media including Kozhikode district collector Prasanth Nair who called it ‘pathetic’ and warned of disciplining authorities who had issued it.
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The notice, put out by ladies warden S Bhuvaneswari, read, “Inmates of Ladies hostel and Mega Ladies hostel are strictly instructed not to roam with boy students inside residential campus. We get lot of complaints in this regard. If any girl found along with boy student inside residential campus, severe action will be taken against her including suspension and expulsion from hostel.”
G Unnikrishnan, dean of students’ welfare and a professor at NIT, clarified that the circular was issued only in the interest of the security of female students after complaints from people living in faculty accomodations near the ladies hostel. He told indianexpress.com that the management and the institute has always upheld gender assimilation and the rights of students.
The Students Affairs Council at the institute had taken strong opposition to the notice and the stringent punishment it advocated especially for girl students. It raised the issue with the Chief Warden and asked authorities to release a statement withdrawing the same.