In a recent move by the Delhi Commission for Women Welfare a notice has been served to 7 different colleges with regard to gender discrimination. The notice was served after the petition filled by “Pinjra Tod” (a student activist group) regarding “different entry and exit timing” for boys and girls in their respective hostels.
The 7 institutions namely Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Jamia Hamdard, Jamia Milia Islamia, Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi Technological University and A&U Tibbia College have been served with the notice.
DCW has also summoned colleges which failed to provide any information with reference to the same notice served earlier, during 1st – 3rd November, 2016. These institutes include Delhi University, St Stephen’s College, School of Planning and Architecture, Indian Institute of Mass Communication and Delhi Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Research, among others.
In a press statement DCW said:
“The commission has prima facie found different entry and exit timings at hostels for girls and boys in seven universities and colleges. We have issued notices to the principals and registrars, asking them to explain the reason for the discriminatory practice. The girls in these colleges and universities claimed they are asked to return early, while the deadline for the boys is 10 p.m.”
The petition was released in the public forum by student activist group “Pinjra Tod” which gained a massive response from students of various colleges. “Pinjra Tod” has appreciated DCW’s effort and hopes that further investigation will be carried out by the commission.
Gender discrimination is non negotiable:
Swati Maliwal, Chief of DCW in her statement said:
“We have assured the institutions that we will work towards addressing their concerns so that rules in institutions of higher learning are non-discriminatory. However, discrimination-free campuses are non-negotiable.”
It should be noted that only twelve institutions and universities in Delhi have same entry and exit timings for boys and girls.
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