Bahria University Karachi recently issued a notice that required male and female students to maintain a distance of at least 6-inches while sitting or standing together.
The notice made rounds on social media immediately after it was released and the university came under fire from Pakistanis on social media.
Now the Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) is demanding Bahria Univerity Karachi to withdraw the notification.
The clause was added to the university’s ‘Dress code Compliance’ which read;
All students are hereby directed to strictly abide by the dress code while in university. Instructions have been issued for the disciplinary action against the violators as per the rules. Moreover, Male and Female students are to maintain a distance of at least 6 inches while sitting standing together.
The notice also forbids men and women from touching each other in the premises of the university.
The FAPUASA thinks that the notification is ridiculous and should be withdrawn immediately. They believe that such notifications are worthless and the university should instead focus more on character building.
But the University is still defending its notification, issuing a statement saying that there is nothing wrong with it and that the 6-inch distance is just a generic term and it is considered as personal space.
Previously other universities have also issued such dress code notices requiring women to wear ‘appropriate dressing’ by keeping away from sleeveless, skinny jeans, tights, high heels and other things deemed inappropriate.