Dress code for teachers in Gujarat CM's home town

'Saree' state of affairs

She might be Gujarat’s first woman chief minister, but that has not deterred her party members in introducing a dress code for women teachers in her hometown Mehsana in north Gujarat. A committee appointed by the state government has made it mandatory for primary school teachers to wear sarees.

The committee chaired by the state Bharatiya Janata Party’s former media cell chief Jagdish Bhavsar, who is a Gujarat University Senate member, was appointed after Anandi Patel took over as the chief minister. The BJP-ruled Mehsana district education committee has issued an official notification asking all women teachers to compulsorily wear sarees and banned denim trousers. Speaking to Deccan Herald about the notification, Bhavsar said:  “Mehsana district has done this but our recommendation for the state never said that women teachers should wear sarees only and not a dress.  But, since it is about educational institutions, we are strictly against jeans trousers for men and women.”
Bhavsar said that women generally wear traditional clothes in schools especially in rural areas and the recommendation of the committee is just a step ahead.  “Principals, if they are women, wear sarees only, so it is nothing that is imposing. Ultimately, it is up to the teachers, because there is no rule for it as of now,” he said.

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