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‘Long Kurtis Will Fetch Marriage Proposals’: Hyderabad College Enforces Strict Dress Code

‘Long Kurtis Will Fetch Marriage Proposals’: Hyderabad College Enforces Strict Dress Code

The most ridiculous news we’ve read on the internet today is women students being instructed to wear long kurtis in order to fetch good marriage proposals. According to St Francis College for Women in Hyderabad, women who come to college wearing sleeveless clothes, short-sleeved kurtis and dresses, aren’t allowed to enter their classes.

This rule came to effect on the 1st of August. Obviously, most of the girls were upset with this new rule. Some of them termed it as ‘outdated’ and ‘regressive’. One of the students even spoke about women empowerment. She said, “At a time when we are talking about women empowerment, such a diktat is against the entire campaign”. 


Even a former alumnus, Zanobia Tumbi, penned down her thoughts on FB. Her post read:

“Guys, remember the day you came to this college for your admission? Y’all had a sense of admiration for the college and its activities. For many of my friends, this college had a sense of simplicity that we all liked, a sense of calm. But ever since that first impression things have only been getting worse. Sr Sandra announced a new dress code change in the middle of the year and her colleagues told our representatives that a long kurti would get us good marriage proposals. They told our representatives that standing up for a cause is blasphemous, raising your voice is blasphemous. This went against the very grain of our values as millennials of the 21st century. Things got worse, every day we were all humiliated for wearing a kurti that was just an inch or less above the knee, we were made to stand outside the college, loosing out on classes and tests. things did not stop there, the college went ahead and hired female security guards in the pretext of security, these female guards were checking the length of our Kurtis, they went ahead and pulled girls by their id cards and even pulled their Kurtis. Now it’s time we do something about this. We can’t just watch their internalized patriarchy ruin our college days, dictate our beliefs and lifestyles. We cannot be humiliated every day. There are girls who have said that they don’t have the money to afford new kurtis, they were asked to leave the college. This has to stop. THIS IS TOXIC. Hence on MONDAY, we shall not enter the college gate, we shall stand outside the gate in protest. This is the spirit of modern India that we will uphold. We are the makers of what is to become of India. We can’t let this slide. So *MONDAY – 16th SEPTEMBER 2019 at 9 AM* We all stand out of the college gate. I request all combinations to oblige, in our numbers is our strength. Please let’s all stand together and put an end to this.” 

As proof, she has attached videos clips as well!


Zanobia Tumbi even mentioned in her post that students who wore a kurti that was just an inch above the knee were shamed and humiliated in public. They weren’t allowed to enter the classes or appear for tests. What’s even disheartening is that the college hired female security guards in the pretext of security to check the length of their kurtis and pulled those by their id cards out of class if their outfits did not make the cut. 

The girls are now going to protest against the new dress code rule on Monday. We hope justice gets served. 

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15 Sep 2019

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