KP govt makes a quick U-turn after conservative dress code for schoolgirls
PESHAWAR: Shortly after the Peshawar district administration made abayas mandatory for school girls, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has issued directives to withdraw the notification.
According to the provincial chief minister, the notification was released without the government’s consent.
“KP Government doesn’t believe in compulsion, and citizens are free to decide what’s best for them. The notification circulating regarding compulsion of Abaya for the girls is hereby withdrawn with immediate effect,” wrote PTI on its official Twitter account.
The Haripur’s district education office met with massive criticism on the social media for enforcing dress code restrictions on female students instead of providing protection to them.
According to District Education Officer Samina Ghani, providing protection to all female students at all times was “not possible”, which is why the administration had decided to enforce this dress code “for their own safety”.
Shehzad Roy took to social media and posted about the injustice of forgoing making schools a safe space in favour of shaming girls for apparently not covering themselves enough.
Girl students wear dupatta, carry heavy bags, can’t play proper sports because what they wear. Now Government want these girls to wear Abaya and chador so they are not harassed. Change conditions and stop changing these girls https://t.co/KAJGt8iLBX pic.twitter.com/luTNctc51E
— Shehzad Roy (@ShehzadRoy) September 14, 2019