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Out of decency: MPs want to ban 'ripped jeans' on Egypt’s university campuses

Sunday 19-03-2017 - 10:45 AM
Mohamed Arabi
Students are seen
Students are seen wearing torn jeans in Bohemian-like styles, should we normalize such trends in society or only ban them?

Cairo - MP Abdul Karim Zakaria, a member of the Egyptian Parliament’s Religious Committee, has announced his intention to make a motion dictating that Egyptian universities and schools impose a ‘dress code,’ intended to maintain the decorum in education circles, which students will be required to abide by.

Zakaria added that this move is mainly to end some trending styles that have been introduced to the Egyptian society lately and were described as both “inappropriate and unconventional.” “These latest crazes have left many of us flabbergasted, and they have lately become rampant in Egypt universities; most noticeably is the “ripped or torn jeans” fad,” explained Zakaria.

Dr. Jaber Nassar,
Dr. Jaber Nassar, Cairo University’s President

MP Dr. Amina Naseer, Al-Azhar University’s professor of religion and philosophy, also called for a complete ban on “ripped jeans” on university campuses and in co-ed classrooms  

In this regard, she made an appeal to Dr. Jaber Nassar, Cairo University’s Dean, to take a strong stance against such “academically-unfriendly forms of dress” through a firm administrative decision by the university as he did before when he banned female students from wearing the 'niqab' veil (a veil that fully covers the face), inside classrooms. 

She further argued that banning “ripped jeans” and “tight pants” does not need the Parliament to draft a new bill for that matter, but it only needs a university-sanctioned ban to be imposed just as some universities did with the niqab issue.

For his role, Dr. Jaber Nassar responded to calls for banning ripped jeans and its likes on universities co-ed campuses by stating: “The Parliament must advance a bill that would unequivocally bar female students from wearing those socially unacceptable crazes.”

Following the Supreme Council of Universities’ meeting on Saturday, Dr. Nassar told the press that Cairo University did not precisely impose a “niqab ban” on its students. The university only banned members of the teaching staff from wearing the veil while teaching. Thus, faculty members and female students are all entitled to wear the veil on university campus and classrooms because they are simply free to choose what to wear. No one, whoever he or she is, has the right to confiscate their freedom to wear what they like, according to his statement. 

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