In discussions over women’s safety in Indian cities, it is not just foreign female tourists who are asked to adhere to arbitrary guidelines when out and about in India. Delhi University has issued a list of instructions to 900 of its students who are travelling on a weeklong excursion to Punjab, including rules on what they should—or should not—wear. ‘Students are to strictly adhere to the dress code, ie girls are not to wear skirts, shorts or spaghetti [strap tops] and boys are also not to wear shorts and sleeveless t-shirts,’ the circular reads. The students left for their trip to Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Chandigarh and Kurukshetra earlier this week. This is the third leg of what the university describes as an ‘educational and recreational excursion’. The first leg took place in July, with around 1,000 female students travelling to places such as Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Goa and Bangalore. There wasn’t a dress code then, but students were told they weren’t allowed to bathe on beaches.
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