Delhi University’s Lady Shri Ram College has become a hotbed for protests as girl students and Pinjra Tod collective continues demonstrations outside college gate to demand an extension of hostel curfew timings among others. To tackle the situation the college administration has tweaked the hostel rules but with conditions.

After the protests on Monday, college principal Suman Sharma came out to meet students and promised that the administration is setting up a committee to look into their demands. Other than this, the college administration has increased late nights to 24 a month, provided a student has 60 per cent attendance. It has also extended late night timings to 10.30 pm. These rules will be applicable from January 01, 2019 onwards.

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.

“They implement curfew timing of 7.30 pm citing security reasons, but if they catch someone with a lighter, match sticks or a cigarette bud, they gate us 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.

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The College’s Students Union also supported the demands 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.”

The students don’t feel happy with the recent changes in rules and said that they don’t accept the new changes. Other than curfew timings and late night out permissions, the students also demand implementation of OBC reservation, 24X7 library and wifi, removal of gating out and compulsory hostel attendance criteria.

Picture credit- Pinjra Tod

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