November 6, 2018 1:21:00 am
Scores of students from Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR) Monday protested outside the college main gate against hostel “curfew timings” and “gating out” — whereby students are told to leave the hostel for 15 days as punishment. They also temporarily blocked the road outside the college.
Just a day earlier, the LSR administration withdrew some of its hostel rules, including the cap on late nights and increasing it to 24 a month, provided a student has 60 per cent attendance, and extending late night timings to 10.30 pm.
“They implement curfew timing of 7.30 pm citing security reasons, but if someone is caught with a lighter, matchsticks or a cigarette bud, we are gated out for 15 days. What happens to the issue of our security then? We need this policing of our bodies to stop,” said a final-year student.
The LSR Students’ Union also expressed its support and said, “We recognise all demands proposed by the students as important, and realise centrally restrictive hostel timings mean unequal access of women students to higher education, academic resources, political, cultural and social spaces in the university.”
During the protest, college principal Suman Sharma came out to meet students and said a committee would be set up to look into their demands.
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