What happened: In efforts to end discrimination, Hazara University, Mansehra KPK, issued a dress code outline on January 6th, 2021 which strictly prohibits the following for women students; jeans, tights, short shirts, heavy makeup, jewelry, heavy handbags, abayas with decorations and otherwise encourages scarves, dupatta, shalwar kameez. Men on campus are also subjected to not as serious but similar restrictions strictly prohibiting wearing slippers, shorts, skinny jeans, long hair, and ponytails.
Earlier Developments: Many took to social media and protested against what they called an act of “moral policing” and also pointed out earlier biased decisions by the university. Earlier reports also mentioned administration policing co-ed mixing on-campus and banning art and cultural activities as well.
However, some continue to appreciate this decision as a step towards returning to a more traditional way of learning and socializing, claiming to uphold Islamic values in learning.