After a long wait, Hindu College has finally taken the decision to open its residence gates for girls. While this is a welcome step and a much-needed one too, given the ridiculously expensive paying guest accommodations in North Campus, however, a closer look at the rules will reveal why it has been put under fire by the students who termed them ‘regressive and discriminatory’.
According to a petition filed by Pinjra Tod, a students’ movement, “In almost every women’s hostel on campus, from Ramjas, to Miranda House to Daulatram to St Stephens, students have come out demanding free mobility in and out of the hostel, limitation on the arbitrary authority of the warden and hostel administration, limitation on the role of local guardians and parents in granting permission for leaves and late nights, freedom from moral policing over clothes etc.”
While Hindu College men’s hostel is famous for NOT having any such rules and regulations, the new women’s hostel would most definitely make it to the top of a list of college hostels with ridiculous rules. As per the Hindu College newly formed rules for the women’s hostel, they will turn the hostel into a ‘prison’ for the women residents. College authorities, however, countered saying that the rules were framed following those of other women’s hostels in Delhi University and that their ‘accountability is to the parents’.
Following the reports on protests at Hindu College about the newly framed rules for the new hostel, the National Commission for Women has written to the college authorities demanding ‘a detailed explanation…regarding the basis on which the hostel rules have been framed’. NCW is seriously concerned about this issue.
As per the prospectus, certain rules including girls to wear dresses as per normal norms of the society, not to be allowed to watch TV in the common room after 10:30 pm and take only one night-out in a month, needs some serious attention.
The students living in the men’s hostel have to pay an annual fee of Rs 47,000, the fee of the women’s hostel is Rs 82,000. Hindu College has led women shell out extra for privileges.
Shambhavi, an MA student from Hindu College said, “Women hostels in Delhi University’s colleges do have discriminatory rules, but Hindu College has really taken it far. A student can only get one night out, while others usually give six. Similarly, other colleges allow six late nights, but this one has ridiculous rules. Why should a student pay more money just to be caged more.”
Highly unnecessary and inconvenient, plus the high fees structure, these rules are enough to make anyone think twice before applying to women’s college.