Newly appointed Chief Proctor of Benaras Hindu University Royona Singh has said there should be no restrictions on alcohol and dress for female students. The first ever chief proctor Royona Singh of the BHU also said that there should be no ban on non-vegetarian food in the messes. The statement may have calming effect on the girl students who had resorted to agitation after their complaints were not heard or addressed.
“Putting a dressing restriction on girls would be like imposing it on myself. You start your day at 6am and end at 10.30pm, and if you still can’t wear what you feel comfortable in, then it is a shame in this era. I find it strange when boys use the words ‘skimpily clad’. If a girl feels comfortable in what she wears, what’s their objection?” Singh told a news media.
A professor of anatomy at the university’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Royona said that the varsity had never imposed any restrictions on women in the past and would not do so in the future, be it in terms of alcohol consumption or how they dress.
“As far as drinking is concerned, all girls here are above 18, why should we even impose such a thought on them?” she asked.
The proctor also regretted the remarks of the security staff and the warden to the molestation victim and her friends. The staff had told the female students that they should not step out of their hostels after 6pm. The molestation incident had led to protests and clashes between BHU students and police, injuring several.