City College Bars ‘ripped clothes’, sparks debate over dress code | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: The principal of a city college has issued a notice prohibiting students from wearing ‘torn clothes’, by which he may have meant ripped jeans, reigniting a debate over what is considered dress code appropriate. Such restrictions in the past have sparked angry rows on campuses, including one in 1996 when the principal of Asutosh College asked female students to dress modestly.
In a notice dated March 23, the principal of Acharya Jagdish Chandra Bose College warned students and staff members that anyone entering college premises with “indecent”, “artificially torn” clothing would be stricken from the lists.
Speaking to YOU, Principal Purna Chandra Maity explained that the “torn” clothes did not fit the decorum that had to be maintained in an educational institution, and therefore the diktat.
“It may be a fashion trend, but I want to nip it in the bud and remind students how to dress in formal institutions. This is not to try to restrict anyone’s choice of dress, but to encourage students to dress appropriately and decently. I believe the students agreed to abide by the rule. If they have any complaints, they can come and discuss the issue with me,” he said.
The diktat split the student community in two, with some backing the decision ‘which aims to enforce discipline’ and others insisting that ‘those who run the colleges must be broad-minded’ and accept clothing in which the students feel comfortable.


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