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101 years old Banaras Hindu University Appoints its First Female Chief Proctor Royana Singh

Singh was designated by Banaras Hindu University Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi after ON Singh surrendered as the chief proctor on grounds of "moral responsibility" for the lathicharge on dissenting students

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September 29, 2017 : The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has been facing significant backlash for the past few days, brought under scanner for victim-shaming a female student, who was professedly molested on the university campus a week ago. The 101 years old University made history on September 28 by appointing a female chief proctor, in a first of its kind move.

Professor Royana Singh, a professor at the anatomy department of BHU’s Institute of Medical Science, is the first woman in varsity’s history to hold the post and also heads the women grievance cell of the university.

Speaking to The Times of India, Royanna highlighted how dressing should be about comfort, and that is a decision that should be left to the girls. She said,

Putting a dressing restriction on girls would be like imposing it on myself. You start your day at 6 am and end at 10:30 pm, and if you still can’t wear what you feel comfortable in, then it is a shame in this era.

Born in France, Royana Singh, who seems pretty liberal in her outlooks, believes that women are naturally more comfortable in sharing things with fellow females. Hence, she plans to recruit and sensitize female guards to ensure safety standards are maintained in the future.

Girls can move anywhere and at any time. As a chairperson of grievance cell at the Banaras Hindu University until recently, I have taken up such issues and addressed them to restore the dignity of women. We will sensitize guards and wardens on these sensitive topics.

Singh was designated by Banaras Hindu University Vice Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi after ON Singh surrendered as the chief proctor on grounds of “moral responsibility” for the lathicharge on dissenting students. However, students largely believe ON Singh was made a mere scapegoat and the BHU Vice Chancellor Tripathi should resign.

Despite his multiple clarifications to suppress the issue, vice-chancellor Tripathi made some dubious remarks as the issue gained heat, purportedly trivializing the attack occurrence.

According to a report by First Post, Tripathi was cited as saying, “Boys will be boys,” and “Forget about what happened. Why don’t you stop stepping out after 6 pm if you dislike such things? You are a girl, don’t try to become a boy (by stepping out after sunset).”

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The vice chancellor additionally defended the strict curfew timings in the ladies’ hostel and alleged gender bias by saying that the security of young ladies and young men can never be at standard.

Female students at Banaras Hindu University have been challenging sexual bias in prevalent rules at the campus, and requesting round-the-clock security and making security staff responsible for untoward occurrences focusing on ladies. Additionally, they have also raised demands for CCTV arrangements, legitimate checking at the entryways, and setting up of a gender sensitization board.

 

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Can Men and Women Dress Alike? Here is Why Gender Neutral Clothing is Essential!

The clothing stores need to launch more unisex clothing as it will increase equality and unity.

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July 6, 2017: Only a few of us notice that even in this new era of feminism, we experience gender bias in clothing. When we enter a clothing store, we see separate sections for men, women, boys, and girls. Have you ever wondered why is it like that? Why can’t men and women dress alike when we are no different than each other? Why can’t little girls and boys wear same tees?

Most of the time we see boys’ clothing are rather inspiring or fun-filled but when it comes to girls- there is a subconscious effort by the makers to make it pretty and cute- as you can guess, they will come with hearts, stars, and flowers, kitty printed on them, most of the time! Boys’ clothes always have sayings which inspire them to think out of the box and to do something adventurous but why don’t we have the same sayings on girls’ clothes?

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If you notice or even give it a thought, you will see boys’ clothes always have sayings which inspire them to think out of the box and to do something adventurous but why don’t we have the same sayings on girls’ clothes?

There is always a big section devoted to women clothing as compared to a small corner for men. Many times, women clothing is more expensive than men’s. Over the years there has been greater demand for gender neutral clothing. In response to this high demand, companies like Jessy & Jack and a brand called Princess Awesome have come up with a campaign called Clothes Without Limits last year which offers gender neutral and unisex clothing. Zara, a well-known brand, launched its unisex collection called “Ungendered” under its TRF section for teenagers and older people which comprise of basic tees, sweatshirts, and jeans.

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Even in big companies, there are separate dress codes for men and women. Men are expected to wear suits whereas women are bound to wear skirts and dresses. Some companies even stress on women employees to wear makeup. It is expected out of women to wear high heels and work the whole day in those uncomfortable shoes.

In schools too there are separate uniforms for girls and boys. No one has ever thought how difficult it must be for little girls to be carefree and play in a skirt or a dress. In my opinion, school is the best place to start gender neutrality by implementing same uniforms for both the genders. It will install a sense of unity and equality in boys and girls if they have the same dress code.

From the very beginning, boys are taught that pink color is for girls and they must wear colors like blue and black. They are forced to conform to these lines of gender stereotypes. This thinking and mindset must change and be incorporated in the new generation for the betterment of the society.

-by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter: Hkaur1025

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“I Can’t Do Sexy” : Know it, Show it and Own it

Taking pride in being who you are and celebrating your individuality is the rarest of the rare things.

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April 22, 2017:

How many of us are in a haste to follow the crazy fad and keeping up with being sensuous?

Well, in reality, we all are.

“I can’t do sexy” is an amusingly self-deprecating video where Sofia Ashraf, singer and featured artist of the musical video blatantly accepts that she is fit to overtake any role except for appearing sexy.

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The lyrics of the video are gripping and can make anyone mull over the keynote idea propagated by the lyricist Sofia Ashraf.

“I am unsexy and I know it, I show it and I own it”

The contemplation sets in motion with a reality check on the redundant attempts to give an impression of being sexy. We tend to submerge our peculiar individuality into fancy-pants not realizing what we ought to lose in the exorbitant route.

Taking pride in being who you are and celebrating your individuality is the rarest of the rare things.

What may happen if you fail to meet the standards of Sexy?

Girls like to reiterate this question from time to time and develop the hysterics just to validate their existence by men. When a man says “You will need a makeover to look hot”, it intimates that men prefer hot and sexy women more than the unsexy (undifferentiated) versions.

The growing madness to look sexy and yearning for acceptance cripple one’s stance in the crowd. It is very important to know that whether – ‘sexy or unsexy’, you must show it and own it unashamedly.

Let’s redefine beauty… 

According to the Merriam-Webster, “beauty is the qualities in a person or a thing that give pleasure to the senses or the mind”.

Italicize that everything that gives pleasure to the senses should be owned by the self and not defined by anyone else. If you can savor your own attributes, nobody has the power to walk over you.

Something which is real will always be flawed and imperfect. Nevertheless, it is the unnatural form of beauty which we call flawless.

By Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter: Nainamishr94

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‘Victim Shaming’ Campaign: Don’t shame Sexual Assault Victims, urges Megastar Amitabh Bachchan through a 2-minute prologue

The campaign is an extension of the channel's new show "Kya Qusoor Hai Amala Ka"

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Mumbai, April 11, 2017: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has recorded a two-minute prologue for a social campaign on ‘Victim Shaming’, urging families, authority figures and citizens to reflect upon the need to break the tolerance towards how victims of sexual assault are treated.

Amitabh has lent his voice to a public service awareness initiative by Star Plus, in which he questions culprits of character assassination with the question “Whose fault is it?”. The campaign advocates that society needs to place the guilt rightfully with the perpetrators by putting them on trial instead of shaming the victims.

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Talking about it, Big B said in a statement: “The idea that a woman loses her dignity if she is sexually assaulted is instilled strongly in our cultural mindset. The shame should be on the perpetrators instead of the victim. We need to foster a safe, secure and supportive environment where victims can seek refuge especially from those who they turn to for protection like authority figures, family and society.

“There is a strong need to step forward and talk about this through stories which can trigger this change in mindset of the people.”

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The campaign is an extension of the channel’s new show “Kya Qusoor Hai Amala Ka”.

The 74-year-old earlier took to his blog to dwell on how it’s a shame that one has to rely on various mediums and campaigns to raise awareness about such issues.

“Is it not a shame though, that what should come to us humans as a natural reaction to protect the female gender in our society, one and many ones, have to propagate the issue through various mediums and campaigns! A shame,” wrote the lead actor of “Pink”, which has just won the National Award for Best Film on Social Issues. (IANS)