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Semantee ChattopadhyayParticipant@semantee03July 16, 2021 at 11:24 pm #33140
The gender bias in numerous Indian hostels is unapologetic. The Hindu college in Delhi was all over the news a few years back because of its sexist hostel norms. The rules listed included to dress decently, no visitors were to be allowed without prior permission, only one night out in the whole month and provision for random checks by wardens. Many hostels in India also have a short on-time for girls whereas these rules don’t exist for boys. These rules are generally made to ensure the safety of the students and ensure the decorum in the hostels. Along with these rules there also exists moral policing. Often the wordings are seen humiliating the girls who break the rules sometimes. They often raise objections to their characters and publicly humiliate them. Many of the female hostelers all over India have reported that the wardens take it upon themselves to “protect the modesty” of the girls.
In a report by The Wire, “In the college of engineering Trivandrum CET, for instance, the curfew for a female hosteller is 6:30 p.m. Unsurprisingly for anyone who has been a student in India no similar rule exists for the male students.”
Most universities all over India do not have gender-neutral hostels. The hostels that consider transgenders, queers and people of other sexual orientation are usually not found. A transgender student at the University of Hyderabad recalled that she was humiliated by the guard who said that she did not belong to the ladies hostel. The Transgender Persons (protection of rights act) 2019, prohibits discrimination against trans persons. But the law is perfect as transgender persons have pointed out several mistakes which lead to gender discrimination. Trans women in men’s hostels and trans men in women’s hostels have faced violence which has often lead to distress and distress and dysphoria.Yash TiwariParticipant@yashJuly 17, 2021 at 10:59 am #33145
The gender discrimination issue has been around for a while in all colleges but never spoke of. Society continuously votes for this bias by being silent and allowing it to happen. Students who argue with the bias or speak about it are harshly punished. You can be expelled from your hostel if you are caught speaking against any kind of discrimination on campus—gender, caste, religion, etc.” When you make friends in your hostel, as in any other place, you are bound to take out the gender biases that society has ingrained in us. When boys and girls talk to each other, it is always about things such as asking about the other’s course or project or even just chitchatting about how classes are. I am mentioning this because no one seems to be addressing larger issues of this sort, especially when they are not as apparent as the present protests.
As the day comes to an end the security guards at Seminary Hill, the girl’s hostel on Maulana Azad Road (MAMC), flock together and discuss their duties. The men – always three of them – walk from room to room and remind all the girls to get back before 11 pm. If they see a girl outside they check to make sure her ID card is valid and tell her to go back right away. These things weren’t done consciously; they were a part of the campus culture. However, with more women, such issues gain significance. After all, you are placed in a hostel not only as a safeguard from accidents but also to create an environment where there aren’t constraints based on gender. Given the number of women coming into medicine, there are plenty of things that need to be changed around colleges.
And another area where women are discriminated against the most, the sports field. Men’s hostel has two basketball courts for outdoor games while women’s hostel has the only one which is very old. For indoor games, there is a common room available in the boys’ hostel but in the girls’ hostel, they have only a few tables and benches where they can play. This adds to the disadvantage of the girls, points out Supriya, an undergraduate at Delhi University.
Just like in the mainstream world, girls are segregated from boys in hostels as well. The girl’s hostel is situated far away from the boy students’ hostel. Most of the time, the ladies are expected to travel in groups to different parts of the campus. And most important of all – no outsiders are allowed inside this campus, except for organized guests and other specified people. This rule is a huge hindrance for girls – as parents and friends stop visiting them on weekends and holidays.
Just like in the mainstream world, girls are segregated from boys in hostels as well. The girl’s hostel is situated far away from the boy students’ hostel. Most of the time, the ladies are expected to travel in groups to different parts of the campus. And most important of all – no outsiders are allowed inside this campus, except for organized guests and other specified people. This rule is a huge hindrance for girls – as parents and friends stop visiting them on weekends and holidays. Whenever a girl wants to visit the hostel, her parents have to submit a letter requesting her entry. There is no system of providing a homely environment for hostel girls. The fact that hostel boys can have guests over and share rooms with other boys of their choice at any time gives a reason for such disparity.PALAK KASHIVParticipant@palakJuly 20, 2021 at 10:09 pm #33174
Women have to face gender biases in Indian hostels, female hostels have more restrictions comparatively than man hostels, most of the rules on women are not validate, there should be some rules but rules which do not harm women’s liberty, rules which females are ready to fully agree with it. In some of the hostel’s females are not allowed to go out of the hostel after 6.00 pm in a hostel, they are told dress decently they need to wear salwar suit and carry chunni, which very uncomfortable and there a lot of warden tantrums, they have to give every detail of where they are going what they are doing to warden, which is creating problem in their personal life.in case there is no restriction on anything their gates are open all the time they can go where they want to wear what they want . this is not how we should support the gender equality. Even girls have to deal with ragging in the hostel by their seniors if they are new, they have to do what the ask and they are not allowed complaint to warden. Boy’s hostel have a very vast campus and they have a play area for indoor and outdoor games for chilling and all but girls don’t have all this they have hardly have space. It shows girls are not allowed to chill and have fun. Hygiene is the main thing in some old government their condition is very poor the hostel girls have to use common toilets and water is not available all the time. At least the college needs to have a look into this. also, we require gender-neutral hostel facility college because for LGBTQ community they are not allowed to stay in ladies hostel. We need to promote gender-neutral behavior in hostels. also, rules should be kept the same for both females and males.Manpreet SinghParticipant@manpreetJuly 21, 2021 at 1:59 pm #33179
All parts of our lives are affected by gender preference. To quote the example of teaching, it is understood that women are more proficient and loving in this career. Students, therefore, have a better connection to them. Such conventional conceptions cannot be abolished instantly from society, but they can be diminished gradually. In the current headlines, Delhi has been reported as overtly sexist for its hostel standards. The college just inaugurated its first female home (although it was set up more than 100 years ago), but many decided bitterly by the rules that came with it. The conditions in the hostel prospectus included requesting girls to dress in accordance with ‘normal social standard,’ not visitors (including women) without prior permission, only one night out in one month, and random checking by wardens.
Shaking as it might sound, these policies are not uncommon in hostels across the country, both in private and government universities and private guest accommodations for female students. These topics have been covered during the last years by many groups and initiatives, most famously ‘Pinjra Tod’. Why are girls in hostels selected? Why do not boys staying in varsity hostels have the same conditions? If this condition is imposed in all of the Syndique universities, students should be subject to the same standard as boys in hostels. It is worth expelling students to repeat such an offense. The hostels at universities are the finest hiding places for young people, especially before union elections. In the past, weapons including swords, bats, and rods were seized from boy’s hostels. Regulations should be the same for everyone regardless of gender. At this point, gender-specific constraints could imply a sense of frustration, anger, and impotence. The idea of patriarchal and oppressed women’s society seems to be strengthened. It involves the protection of women against uncontrolled violence and harassment, which in fact is a matter of law and order. The solution to this situation is not to guarantee women’s freedom over alertness. Crime distortion, the breaking of law and order, and awareness on campuses, and society in general, in particular, should be dealt with. There should not be gender-selective rules.DISHA SAPKALEParticipant@42dishaJuly 21, 2021 at 8:54 pm #33217
Yes, women are still facing gender bias in Indian hostels because their are strict rules and restrictions for girls and women in hostels than men. To live in Indian hostels women need to stick with the strict rules. On other side, men don’t have strict rules and restrictions to live in Indian hostels compare to women. In some hostels, women are still asked to wear ethnic and there are timing for women before that they has to come back in hostel otherwise they has to listen to warden anger. Women and girls has to face with ragging by seniors in hostels through which women goes with many problems mentally and physically. Warden also behave very strictly with women and asks every detail from them. In women’s hostels their is no such fun activities or sports, whereas in men’s hostels their is facilities of indoor and outdoor games. Why? This gender inequality towards women is still happening instead both men and women hostels should get equal treatment. Indian hostels don’t have proper management of Washroom facility which is very important for women’s hygiene. Indian hostels should provide equal rules and regulations for men and women and both should get equal opportunity, treatment and facilities.
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