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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2704

Madras High Court rules girl students can wear churidhar

By Gopal Ethiraj, Chennai

Chennai,, 01 July (Asiantribune.com): The girl students can wear saree or churidhar according to their own convenience, and management or principal of an institution should not insist them to wear only saree, the Madras High Court held on Tuesday, disposing of a writ petition by an house surgeon who was barred wearing churidhar and dupata.

A homoeopathy college hospital at Porur, affiliated to Dr MGR Medical University, had decreed that its women doctors and house surgeons should only wear saris and not the churidar. It considered churidar indecent.

The house surgeon G. Kamalam moved the Madras high court for an order striking down the dress code and allowing her to wear churidar to the college-hospital. In her petition she said she had been barred by the institution from wearing churidar even though she found the dress not only decent but also convenient during her work. Besides, the Dr MGR Medical University had not imposed any dress code and the University Grants Commission (UGC) too had not banned the churidar, she contended

The petitioner’s advocate Arulmozhi argued that the college management banning the churidhar was in violation of article 21 and 14 of the Constitution. She posed the question whether the teaching hospital would impose a similar dress code for its male practitioners telling them to wear only dhotis.

She also said Kamalam was not accustomed to wearing sari. Besides, the college prospectus did not speak of any dress code, she pointed out. The judge disposed off the petition accordingly.

- Asian Tribune -

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