In Assam, a 19-year-old girl wearing shorts was forced to wrap curtain & cover her legs to sit in exam. The incident happened at Tezpur, Assam on Wednesday, September 15. Reportedly, the student had come to appear for the Assam Agricultural University (AAU) university test. Speaking to the media, the girl said how the incident was the “most humiliating experience” of her life.
India, which is on its way of being a ‘superpower’, has a love-hate relationship with its women. On one hand, women are worshipped and given the stature of Goddesses. On the other, women are judged if they don’t follow society’s norms and centuries-old notions.
This is especially true when it comes to how they are told to dress. Often, rape survivors are further victimized to have brought the crime upon themselves for wearing something objectionable. Recently. A 19-year-old girl from Assam had a stressful time at an entrance exam because of something absolutely unrelated. 19-year-old Jublee Tamuli, was wearing shorts.
The Facts of the Matter
Jublee Tamuli was to appear for her Assam Agricultural University (AAU) entrance examination. Her center Tezpur was 70 km away from her hometown Biswanath. Like millions of students, Jublee was focused on her exam.
Invigilator Denies Girl to Sit in Exam
However, little did she know that her focus would be completely shifted when she would reach her exam center Girijananda Chowdhury Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (GIPS). Upon entering the center, she was stopped by the examination invigilator who told her that she’ll not be able to give exams as she’s wearing shorts.
She then discussed with the invigilator that her admit card had no such provisions of dress code mentioned. She further told the invigilator that she had also appeared for the NEET exam wearing the same outfit. According to the 19-year-old, she faced no issues while giving NEET.
Exam Controller Asks to Arrange Pair of Pants
However, the examination invigilator did not budge. Tearful Jubilee shared the happenings with her father who was outside the venue. Soon, the examination controller told the father-daughter duo that Jublee can give an exam if she wears pants. Her father rushed to a market that was about 8 km from the exam venue to buy the pair of pants.
19-year-old Given Curtain to Cover Legs
After a while, Jublee’s father returned to the exam hall with a pair of pants. But he was surprised to have told that the issue was resolved. Reportedly, the 19-year-old girl, was given curtain to cover her legs. While she completed her exam, she claimed that it was quite stressful for her as the curtain kept slipping off when she was giving her exam.
“Didn’t Check COVID Protocols, But Saw Shorts”: Jublee Tamuli
19-year-old Jublee was also told by the exam invigilators that she lacked common sense. Further, she claimed that during the exams, no COVID-19 protocols were followed, and that the in-charge didn’t check her temperature, or whether she was wearing mask. “But they checked for shorts”, an obviously harassed Jublee was quoted saying.
“Parents Should Know Better”: Exam Center Principle
Jublee claims that she will not let the matter go and will write Assam Education Minister Ranoj Pegu. Meanwhile, Dr. Abdul Baquee Ahmed, the principle of the exam center college claimed that although there are no rules about shorts, “it is important that decorum be maintained,” and that, “parents should also know better.
The ‘Ripped Jeans’ Comment
It should be noted that earlier this year, former Uttarakhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat also found himself in trouble for his regressive comments. Rawat shared how in a flight, he saw a woman wearing ripped jeans traveling with her children.
He was quoted saying, “If such women go out in the society to meet people and solve their problems, what kind of message are we giving out to society, to our kids?”