The Government Polytechnic Institute’s principal wants women students to wear salwar kameez and has also segregated the college canteen by gender.
In a major medical breakthrough, Swati Deshphande, principle of the Government Polytechnic Institute in Mumbai has found a solution to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). Here’s her theory on what causes the common hormonal imbalance disorder: “I have heard theories on why girls suffer from PCODs (Poly Cystic Ovarian Diseases) at an early age. When they dress like men, they start thinking or behaving like them. There is a gender role reversal in their head. Due to this, the natural urge to reproduce diminishes right from a young age and therefore they suffer from problems like PCODs,” Deshpande said, according to the Times of India.
Concerned for the health of her women students, Deshpande has decided that the currently unisex uniform of trousers and white shirts will be changed to salwar-kameez for women students. They might be more flammable and prone to accidents in the lab but at least they’ll feel womanly.
A student told the Times of India, “Most of us are opposed to the idea. It would be inconvenient to wear a salwar kameez in labs”. But surely, this is just a side-effect of all the pants she’s been wearing.
So concerned is Deshpande about the welfare of women in the institute that she has also taken revolutionary measures to curb sexual harassment on campus. The canteen will now be segregated by gender with a rope to stop men and women from interacting with each other in such a lurid environment. Deshpande doesn’t seem to have thought about the lingering effects that women may have to endure from men being in the same classrooms as them.
Deshpande defended her decision, telling Times of India, “Former students enter the campus and create a ruckus in the canteen, they misbehave with girls. In fact, one such incident had to be reported to police in October. Also, the canteen is shared by 13 different offices (government offices). The girls did not have any separate seating area. Therefore, we decided to divide the canteen. There have been no complaints.”
Unsurprisingly, Twitterverse offers another picture entirely and #DresslikeanIndianWoman has started trending.
And possibly the best one of the lot.
Deshpande is not the only one to make the news for her views on what dressing like a woman means. Earlier this week, Twitter erupted against reports that US President Donald Trump likes the women who work for him to dress a particular way.
The following tweet, which features a female soldier wearing her uniform and going about the course of her life is probably not what Trump had in mind.
Unsurprisingly, psychiatrist Anjali Chhabria confirmed the absurdity of Deshpande’s claims, telling the Deccan Chronicle, “Girls do not suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) because of clothes. It is caused by hormonal imbalance.”