St Stephen’s boys’ club un­der fire for pro­mot­ing V­day oath on ‘misog­yny’

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent htre­porters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: More than four-decades-old tra­di­tion of tak­ing a pledge on Valen­tine’s Day to pro­mote misog­yny by res­i­dents of one of the hos­tels at Delhi Univer­sity’s St Stephen’s Col­lege has come un­der crit­i­cism from a stu­dents’ group for al­legedly be­ing against women and pro­mot­ing phi­lan­der­ing.

Stu­dents stay­ing at the All­nutt North hos­tel block, who are part of All­nutt North Gen­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion (AGNA), have a long­stand­ing prac­tice of tak­ing an oath as part of a cer­e­mony on Fe­bru­ary 14. Mem­bers of Pin­jra Tod al­leged that the St Stephen’s stu­dents pro­mote “misog­yny”.

“We the peo­ple of ANGA, have solemnly re­solved to con­sti­tute ANGA into a para­mount egal­i­tar­ian fel­low­ship and to se­cure to all its mem­bers jus­tice, so­cial, sex­ual and sen­ti­men­tal lib­erty to phi­lan­der ex­clu­sively with men, equal­ity of sta­tus and op­por­tu­nity and to pro­mote among them all misog­yny as­sur­ing the dig­nity of the in­di­vid­ual and the unity of ANGA,” the oath read as per a state­ment from Pin­jra Tod.

How­ever, an ANGA rep­re­sen­ta­tive said that they have omit­ted the con­tro­ver­sial words from the oath. Pin­jra Tod said that the hos­tel res­i­dents took the oath “… for­get­ting that the en­tire struc­ture of the cer­e­mony comes from a tra­di­tion and his­tory which has for cen­turies op­pressed, ridiculed and struc­turally dis­crim­i­nated against women.”

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