IIT Roorkee has lifted the restrictions on its girls hostels, bringing the rules on par with those for the boys hostels.
The decision was long-overdue as students had been demanding hostel regulations for girls be less regressive. Under the ‘Pinjra Tod’ campaign, women students reclaimed their right to public spaces.
The Logical Indian spoke to Vinayak Gupta, an IIT Roorkee student who gave us details of the new rules implemented.
Girls are now allowed roam around the campus 24X7, provided they leave their rooms before midnight. After 12 AM, both boys and girls are not permitted to leave their rooms. No one is allowed to step out of the campus after 12 AM.
Previously, girls weren’t allowed to leave their hostel rooms after 9 PM, and parents would be called if they tried entering their rooms after the deadline.
Inter-hostel culture has also been introduced which gives girls the right to enter the boys’ hostel, provided there is a boy to receive her. However, the access is limited to the public areas (common rooms) of the hostels. The same rules apply to boys.
Furthermore, the library will remain open 24X7 a week before the exams and during the entire duration of the exams.
To ensure the safety of the students, the college has deputed two patrolling vans to be used by security personnel to roam around at night. These vans can be used in case of any emergency by girls, similar to Police Control Room (PCR) vans. The new rules were implemented by the new director of IIT Roorkee, A K Chaturvedi.
Colleges across the country have been witnessing similar demands from girls – abolish sexist hostel rules. The Pinjra Tod campaign was started in August 2015 in Delhi from colleges such as Jamia Milia Islamia, Ambedkar University Delhi, Lady Shriram College for Women and Delhi Technical University. The movement spread to other states as well, with students from IIT Roorkee and NIT Calicut protesting on similar grounds.
Source: Pinjra Tod
Ahead of International Women’s day, on March 8, woman and child development minister Maneka Gandhi had justified the curfew for girls in hostels by saying that it protected them from their own “hormonal outbursts.” The comments drew a lot of flak from students who also protested outside the ministry.
The Logical Indian commends the new regulations implemented in IIT Roorkee by director A K Chaturvedi. An educational institution should be such that it teaches its students the value of equality. Regressive rules for girls only send across the message that women can be suppressed even in the 21st century. Only when men and women are treated as equals, constructive development of both the sexes takes place and “hormonal outbursts” are kept in check.