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Row as IIT-Delhi asks girls to wear ‘decent’, ‘full clothes’


New Delhi : A purported circular asking boarders of an IIT-Delhi girls’ hostel to wear “decent” and “full clothes” sparked a row on Tuesday prompting the administration to order its withdrawal.

The notice put up at the Himadri Hostel, and allegedly signed by its warden Sreedevi Upadhyayula, reads, “Residents are requested to wear full covered decent western or Indian dress on House day.”

House day, scheduled on April 20, is an annual event at the institute where residents can invite guests in the hostel for an hour.

Upadhyayula, the warden, denied having issued such a notice. As the hostel inmates took to social media and criticised the notice calling it “moral policing”, Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chief Swati Maliwal flayed the prestigious institute for its “patriarchal” mindset. Following the uproar, the IIT administration swung into action and withdrew the ‘notice’ saying the authorities were not aware of any such ‘circular’.

The DCW Chief also said the commission will look into the matter.–PTI