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Jeans lead to ‘perversion’, says MP minister

Madhya Pradesh Minister for Higher Education, Alka Jain said that a “dress code” might come into force in colleges from the next academic year.

Jeans, tee-shirts, tops, skirts and other “Western outfits” may soon be banished from the colleges and University campuses in Madhya Pradesh. The minister of state for higher education, Alka Jain, is in favour of imposing a “dress code” on students.

The girls, she says, would have to dress up in salwar-kurtas while the boys will be required to wear trousers and shirts.The students, however, will be free to choose the colour of their dresses. Ms Jain told a local daily that she had decided to introduce the dress code after her visits to several colleges in the state revealed how the “provocative dresses” worn by the students was leading to “perversions”. Ms Jain said that after seeking the approval of state chief minister Uma Bharati, she would formally put the proposal before the cabinet. She said that the “dress code” might come into force from the next academic session.

According to Ms Jain, girls wearing skintight jeans and short tops to colleges generated amorous feeling among boys. Boys dressed up in tight Jeans and body-hugging tee shirts led to similar feelings in girls. “And this problem is not limited to big cities, it is very much there in smaller towns too”, she said. She said that a dress code would also lead to a “uniformity” and would “narrow the gap between students coming from rich and poor backgrounds”.

Ms Jain’s announcement has come within days of the Hindu organisations using physical force to prevent the celebration of Valentine’s day. In Bhopal, boys caught with girls were roughed up and their heads were tonsured. Bonfires of Valentine’s day greeting cards were burned and the Bajrang Dal activists mounted a strong vigil on restaurants, public parks and hotels.

While talking to newspersons, the chief minister, however, denied that the government was contemplating any law banning Valentine’s day celebrations.

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