Union minister Maneka Gandhi said that hostels should have an early curfew as youngsters are "hormonally challenged" and to protect them from such hormonal outbursts, a "lakshman rekha" needs to be drawn.
The Union Minister for Women and Child Development said, "As a parent who's sending a daughter to a college, or a son, I would expect him and her to be protected. And perhaps, one of the protections is against themselves. When you are 16 or 17, you are hormonally challenged. So, to protect you from your own hormonal outbursts, perhaps a lakshman rekha is drawn. It is really for your own safety."
The Union minister's remarks came during an interview to NDTV on International Women's Day.
Maneka Gandhi said the security at women's college cannot be ensured by making "two Bihari gentlemen stand at gate with dandas". "It has to be solved literally by giving time limits for everything. Give them (boys) two nights to go to the library and two nights for girls--if you want to go to library, that is".
The minister, however, did not discriminate between girls and boys over early curfew. She said the deadlines should be the same for both boys and girls. "Why should the boys be allowed to wander about in the campus after 6'o-clock? Let them also stay in and do their work," she said.
FOR GENDER EQUALITY
Maneka Gandhi's comments are ironic given that her work as the Minister for Women and Child Development has been lauded.
Under Gandhi, the ministry has made some significant strides towards gender equality. Recently, Gandhi announced setting up of a compensation fund under the Nirbhaya scheme to provide help to children who are victims of sexual assault.
Her ministry is also working towards launching an anti-troll app for women who are threatened with physical violence or trolled on social media.