Pakistani culture has become greatly influenced by the Western culture. In today’s day and age, wearing clothes that are inspired by the west is no new news. In a country like Pakistan, culture is not the only thing that defines you. Religion plays a major role as well. Since Pakistan is a Muslim country, its residents, especially women, are urged by society to wear religiously appropriate clothes and if they don’t, the society judges them and takes the responsibility of correcting them in their own hands.
Recently, an incident occurred at one of Pakistan’s prestigious universities where a female visiting faculty was denied entry to the institute because of her inappropriate dressing, which included jeans and a top with a stole. She claimed that the University’s security head stopped her from entering the premises because she was not dressed according to the institute’s dress code policy. After the incident, she took to social media to ask for the women of public’s opinion on her clothing and whether they thought it was appropriate or not. This is what she said, “Today, I was rudely stopped at the gate by a weird man who said he was the security head, and told me that I wasn’t ‘following the dress code. Ladies, please help me understand, how I am a security threat?”
Firstly, it is important to mention that all institutes within the country follow a dress code policy. Therefore, it is only natural that all the students and faculty members have to dress in accordance with the rules. Now, if the teacher had been wearing the same attire elsewhere, there would have been no objections but seeing that she wore it to an institute where the dress code policy clearly prohibits, it was wrong on her part. At the same time, given the way she was treated and humiliated by the security head (not even the management) was wrong on the institute’s part. Instead of making a scene, they should have discreetly resolved the issue. No one should be told what to do, what to wear and who to be in the first place but if there have been some boundaries established then we should at least consider abiding by them.
The faculty is considered to be role models for the students. They are the ones who should be setting an example. If the female students can change themselves and conform to the University norms, the faculty can do it as well because, at the end of the day, they are the ones who the students look up to.
At the end of the day, we sympathize with the person who had to go through this terrible incident and we hope that things take a turn for the better in the future. After all, what one chooses to wear is his or her personal choice.
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