DTU changes curfew timings for girls, brings it par with boys

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DTU changes curfew timings for girls, brings it par with boys

The timings were extended after girl students approached DCW against 'discrimination'. Pinjra Tod activists also supported the cause.

The Delhi Technical University (DTU) has been forced to change its girls' hostel timings and bring it at par with boys. The administration was recently forced to change the timings from 9 pm to 11 pm after the girl students approached the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) complaining that the timings were discriminatory.

A students' campaign called Pinjra Tod, which has members from all colleges and universities in the city, also campaigned for it. Earlier, only boys were allowed to stay out till 11 pm. Recently, some other colleges of Delhi University (DU) such as Hindu, Daulat Ram, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Shivaji and Deshbandhu colleges have also been made to confront similar issues.

DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal wrote to minister for human resource development (HRD) Prakash Javedekar to ensure equitable hostel fee and construction of girl hostels in these colleges "to enable girl students to pursue higher education without fear for security." DCW chairperson Swati Jaihind said, "It is not fair to put the onus of security on girls and discriminate against them. If there are safety concerns, the university management, women commission and police should work together instead of discriminating against girls."

She also wrote to the police outlining the security concerns raised by the university management. She urged the police to make the environment around the campus safe so that girls feel free to roam around at any time of the day. A student of DTU, who did not wish to be d, said, "Earlier, the closing time for the girls' hostel was 9 pm and the reason cited for this was that it was for the safety of girls themselves. On the other hand, the timings for the boys' hostel was 11 pm." "However, in response to the DCW's notice, the university has said that from the new semester i.e. 2017-18, the hostel timings are revised and made similar to that of the boys' hostel," she added. Police pickets in the area, especially around dark lanes, is another demand of the students.

Recently, protests were held at Hindu College to bring the fee structure of the girls' hostel at par with boys'. Reportedly, women students pay Rs 90,000 annually, while male students pay around `50,000. They also alleged that while information regarding the men's hostel (break-up of fees, prospectus, notice for admission, etc.) is clearly available on the college website, the same is not true for the women's hostel. Anju Srivastava, principal of Hindu College, said "The boys' hostel gets funds from UGC, but the girls' hostel does not. The hostel requires funds to be run."

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