College forbids female students to lock in the rooms for the fear they might have sex

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Upasana College of Nursing, in southern India, demands from students to keep the doors open even when they are undressed. The college staff considers such measures as necessary to prevent lesbian sex acts between the students. They also ban mobiles on campus or the internet in the library not to let the students watch porn. In response, the students – most of whom are female – have staged a protest outside the college campus which has run since last Friday. The students claimed to had been harassed and discriminated by the staff, especially those ones who belong to lower castes. They have been calling for the resignation of the college head, Mrs Jessykutty, who they accuse of insulting them with caste-based slurs and entering into their privacy by stealing their personal diaries and reading them out loud to the class. “Girls in the hostel have been instructed not to lock their doors, even while changing clothes,” fourth-year student Veena V S told Indian news site The News Minute. The principal says we are closing rooms to secretly use mobile phones or because we are homosexuals. We have been told to just keep a chair near the door, but we can’t close it.” A second-year student, Midhun Madhu, said she had seen the principal try to dissuade members of lower castes from protesting the rules as they would face more extreme punishments.

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