Women Commission intervenes, Delhi Technological University rolls back discriminatory hostel timings

Earlier the closing time for girls' hostel was 9 PM whereas the boys' hostel would close by 11 PM and the reason cited was that it was for the safety of the girls that such a timing had been fixed.

Published: 11th August 2017 09:47 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th August 2017 09:47 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Technological University (DTU) has rolled back 'discriminatory' hostel timings of its girls' hostel following a notice from the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).

In a reply to the notice, the varsity said it has changed the discriminatory timings and now the timings of hostels for both boys and girls are the same.

Earlier the closing time for girls' hostel was 9 PM whereas the boys' hostel would close by 11 PM and the reason cited was that it was for the safety of the girls that such a timing had been fixed.

DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal had issued a notice to the DTU in this regard.

"Your point is well taken and accordingly the meeting of the wardens' council was called to discuss the matter. Based on the recommendations of the warden council, the DTU has decided to extend the girls' hostel timing upto 11 PM within DTU campus from coming academic session tentatively," the reply said.

Maliwal had said it is not fair to put the onus of security on the girls and discriminate against them. If there are security concerns, the university management, women's commission and police should work together instead of imposing the rule against girls, she said.

The DCW chief has also written a letter 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 are free to move about at any time.

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