Pak dis­trict to girls: Wear ‘abaya’ to avoid ha­rass­ment

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Islamabad: Ed­u­ca­tion au­thor­i­ties in Pak­istan’s Haripur dis­trict have made it manda­tory for all fe­male stu­dents of gov­ern­ment schools to wear an abaya, gown or chador, aimed at “pro­tect­ing them from eve-teas­ing and ha­rass­ment”.

In a cir­cu­lar is­sued to all prin­ci­pals and head­mas­ters of gov­ern­ment schools, dis­trict ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer Sam­ina Altaf said that since pro­vid­ing po­lice pro­tec­tion to girl stu­dents at every nook and corner was not pos­si­ble, the ad­min­is­tra­tion had de­cided to make it bind­ing upon them to ob­serve “proper pur­dah for their safety”.

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