Thiruvananthapuram: After extending the time schedule, the government is planning to ease restrictions in ladies’ hostels furhter. The restrictions related to dressing, incoming-outgoing register and use of electricity will be eased.
It has been found that the strict restrictions adversely affected the mental health and confidence of girl students. Also, protests against such rules are intensifying. As the first phase of opinion survey, a questionnaire will be handed over to the ladies’ hostel inmates in universities.
The practice of informing parents about flimsy issues also will be curbed. The rule to turn off lights after a fixed time at night will be revoked. The hostel rule which directs the inmates to gather at a common study room after 10.30 pm also will be changed.
Girl students will be allowed to enter men’s hostel and vice versa during day hours under certain conditions. Ensuring toilets, sanitary pad vending machines and incinerator in hostels also are considered.
The study is conducted by the Gender Advisory Board under the Department of Woman and Child Development. The government plans to ease the restrictions from the next academic year onwards.
State Gender Adviser Dr. T. K. Anandi said that there are different hostel rules and restrictions for boys and girls. By easing the restrictions, it is intended to accept girls as adults without discriminating based on gender, she added.