In a circular dated 21 January, the university administration had said “female students are not allowed to put on lipstick. If seen, they will be fined at the spot for Rs 100 each time”. On Monday, an HR official from the university was quoted by Samaa as saying: “The notification was restricted to the Institute of Education Department and was issued as a part of the department’s dress code policy.” Samaa also writes that the university has rolled back its policy on wearing lipstick following flak from the online community and protests by students.
This, however, isn’t the first time that the Pakistani university has been in the news for controversial orders. In November last year, it had instructed women students to wear the abaya on campus. This is one of the reasons why the representation of students is important when it comes to making policies concerning them. However, HEC has voted against the restoration of student unions.