Delhi: Delhi University’s Rajiv Gandhi Hostel for Girls (RGHG) female students are upset on International Women’s Day which also falls with Holi this year. This is because the University hostel served them a notice on 2nd March restricting them from stepping out of the hostel premises till 6:00 p.m.
Students said that the hostel would not allow any guests/visitors to meet them on the day of Holi festival and they could not step as the gates of the hostel were locked making them upset. Hence, they raised slogans and protested against the curbs on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, no such notice was sent to boy’s hostel alleged the female students. Dipanshi, a final year MA history student who lives in hostel said “We were planning to celebrate the International Women’s Day but we have been locked inside the hostel. We cannot even step out to interact with our peers in other hostels on the campus where similar restrictions have been imposed. No restrictions have been imposed on the boys’ hostel,”
However, the University officials stated that the notice was sent every year and students could step out after signing an undertaking.
It further said that “Holi day can bring trouble sometimes. As a preventive measure, hostel administrators take some preventive steps every year. Since women were protesting, we have told them that they can call their local guardians and go out with them or give an undertaking that they are taking their own responsibility,” said Abbi.