Edu institute in Karnataka makes bindi, bangles a must

In the guise of discipline, an educational institution in South Kannara district has enforced a rule that women – students, teachers and staff – wear bangles and sport bindis on the campus from the next academic year. The board of the Vivekananda Vidyavardhaka Sangha, Puttur, near Mangalore has circulated a notice directing the heads of its institutions to adhere to the new rule. The May 25 notice makes uniforms compulsory and says women must wear bangles and tilak on the premises, disregarding the sensibilities of the women from other communities who may be not in favour of donning a tilak on their forehead. This is asking for trouble and creating an atmosphere of mistrust. The local administration should look in to this. And it is high time the present Karnataka government take proactive measures regarding the moral policing incidents, and ask the institutions to do away with such parochial rules and regulations which may be a cause for flare up in the community.

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