A recent comment by the vice-chancellor of Madhya Pradesh’s Bhoj Open University (MPBOU), advising women on their sartorial choices, caught our attention. According to the VC, Tariq Zafar, the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) doesn’t show decency in terms of women wearing proper clothes. He has advised the institute to issue a directive that will lead its women students to wear “decent” clothes. NIFT rents its premises on the campus of Bhoj Open University.

“In the name of modern or western clothes, students can’t be allowed to come in clothes which do not look good in classes on the university campus. There are students of Bhoj University as well as Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University on the campus,” Zafar had earlier told the Times of India.

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However, social activist Brinda Adige has protested against the comment, terming the suggestion as absolute ‘nonsense’ and patriarchal, ANI reports.

She said, “It is absolute nonsense coming from the vice-chancellor of a university that women should wear decent clothing. Why does he not look at men who do not look at women in a decent manner? Nothing is going to change if he thinks that sexual assaults will reduce and other people will not feel bad because of some kind of dressing that women wear is absolutely wrong because it is his perception and his patriarchal outlook.”

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Adige also advised the vice-chancellor to look deeply into the matter and not to advise on an issue that goes against the system of education and gender parity in a democracy. Instead, he should teach his male students and professors the value of looking at women with dignity.

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Looks like the VC got a handful of “decent” advice this time to help him change his perception of what he terms as “decent” and “indecent” clothes.

Feature Image Credit: ANI

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