Bijnor: A regressive and strange diktat has ruffled feathers in Uttar Pradesh. Women students in Bijnor have been barred from wearing black clothing and jeans at a function to be presided by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Reports say women have also been barred from wearing jeans and using mobile phones.
This order has come not from any religious body, but the district magistrate of Bijnor who is a woman herself. Locals in Bijnor are up in arms against the DM's absurd diktat.
However, the district magistrate has denied forcing it upon anybody. "There is no such ban. We have just asked them to wear sober clothes. Our directive to the girls is being misinterpreted. No one has been forced to do anything," District Magistrate Sarika Mohan said.
Meanwhile, girl students have expressed displeasure over the diktat. "We are going to Rampur to collect our cheques. We have been asked not to wear black coloured clothes," said a student. "DM's order to not wear black burkha is unfair. I never move out of my house without wearing burkha and gloves but now I have been asked not to wear burkha," said another student.