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Bombay Univ says mini skirt ban helps stop rape

Press Trust of India

Posted: Jun 23, 2005 at 1755 hrs IST

Bombay University plans to ban women from wearing mini skirts, tight tops and shorts, saying this will help prevent rape.

Officials at the university say they would prefer to see women students in a traditional salwar-kameez with no deep neckline.

"An attire should be such that it should not be offensive or cause distraction to fellow students and lecturers," Vice Chancellor Vijay Khole told reporters.

Students have criticised the proposal saying it is not the answer to preventing rape.

"We are not children who should be told what we can and cannot wear," said a 19-year-old management studies student, Alka Mehta. "Rape is not related to what the victim wears but what is in the mind of the rapist."

The proposals follow a spate of rapes across the country, including the rape of a teenager by a police constable on Marine Drive in Mumbai.

Activists say there is a rape every 30 minutes across the country.

The university says the proposals could be implemented before the end of the year. However, university officials say they will not throw out students who do not stick to the dress code, but gently advise them to wear "something more presentable".

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