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Indian Colleges Blame Jeans For Sexual Harassment


Female university students in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh can no longer wear jeans or any other Western clothes to school. It's all for their own protection, of course — officials say that expelling women who dress like this is "the only way to stop crime against women."

If the schools really wanted to stop sexual harassment, they should probably go after the men who perpetrate it. The backwards logic makes me think this rule is really about preserving conservative values against the invasion of western culture, and I might be right: Hindu extremist groups have increasingly protested phenomena like women drinking in bars or publicly displaying affection.

Regardless of the motivation, the stated logic behind this rule — that men cannot control their actions and it's somehow a woman's fault if she is a target of sexual abuse — is nothing new or unique to India.
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