Ra­jasthan MLA calls for ban on skirts, gets one from stu­dents

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - METRO - Deven­dra Bhard­waj

AL­WAR: A call for ban on skirts in schools earned Al­war’s BJP leg­is­la­tor a present from stu­dents — a skirt — and a se­vere dress­ing down from women’s bod­ies.

Ban­wari Lal Sing­hal, who has asked the state government to ban skirts as uni­form in pri­vate schools to help stop sex­ual ha­rass­ment, how­ever, wasn’t skirt­ing the is­sue. And he was in no mood to re­tract his state­ment.

"I have seen many in­stances of boys on streets pass­ing lewd com­ments and click­ing pic­tures of girls wait­ing for school bus," Sing­hal ar­gued. He claimed he had re­ceived sup­port from all quar­ters of so­ci­ety.

But go­ing by the crowd out­side his home on Sun­day, women were not ex­actly over­flow­ing with ad­mi­ra­tion. "It is a child­ish state­ment and the MLA has proved he is a nar­row­minded per­son," said col­lege stu­dent Gur­jeet Kaur.

"We do not ex­pect our pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives to make such ab­surd and mis­lead­ing state­ments," added Pro­fes­sor Shachi Arya, sec­re­tary of Pra­gati Sheel Mahila Samiti.

Stu­dent leader Gurmeet Kaur, who pre­sented the leg­is­la­tor with a skirt and a mem­o­ran­dum on Sun­day, said, "Does he want us to wear burkhas? He must change his mind­set.”

"Pak­istan, where women wear burkha, has the high­est num­ber of rape cases reg­is­tered in the world,” re­minded district Congress com­mit­tee mem­ber Sweta Saini.

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