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Posted at: Dec 6, 2018, 1:09 AM; last updated: Dec 6, 2018, 1:09 AM (IST)

Is Cinderella hour passe?

While the court debates the hostel timings for girls in Panjab University, we check out if girls, hostellers or not, still abide by curfew hours


A year-and-a-half on, the #AintNoCinderella, Chandigarh — that became a trending hashtag — is being debated once again. This time it’s the Punjab University girl hostel timings issue that has reached the honourable Punjab and Haryana High Court due to a public interest litigation filed against it.  

Should there be Cinderella hour in today’s time when women are as much part of educational institutes and workforce? We touch base with vibrant, young girls from the city.

Arpan Kang, BA-first year student, is not so comfortable with her 8 o’clock deadline. “Many times, just as the party starts at 8, parents are already calling, ‘when are you coming back’; that sure isn’t pleasant.”

Pursuing Masters degree in English, Gaurvi also faces a similar situation at her home. Though not entirely happy about it, she understands her folks’ concern. “It’s not like that I cannot stay out late, if I have my younger brother in tow, I am good. I do understand that in the current scenario girls are more prone to end up in trouble than guys.” 

Responsibility issue

Pursuing Mass Communication diploma, Sandeep and Arsh are of the belief that more independence makes youngsters more responsible. Sandeep, who stays in a paying guest accommodation, has to follow the 10 pm ‘curfew’ hours that she sometimes doesn’t mind flouting. “More the constraints, the more you want to break free,” giggles Sandeep. As for Punjab University hostel timing demand, these girls see reason, “Give the freedom and you would see more accountable young adults.”

Limit factor

However, not all girls think that Cinderella hour is a leaf from the past. Music students Namita and Surbhi have set their own time limits. “Before dark works the best if there is no class or performance holding you back,” this duo reasons. While their parents have left it to them to decide for themselves, these students keep them informed of their whereabouts all the time. 

“This Youth Festival that we went to, we could make it home only at 2 am, but that’s like once a while,” say these friends, who have no time or inclination for partying. “We enjoy our events, shows and have fun; don’t really feel the need for any further revelry,” says Namita. And, they strongly feel that hostels must follow time restrictions, “At home, your parents are responsible for you and can reach out in case of any untoward incident, but when its hostels how can authorities track each and every student?”


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