THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Though the state government is making aggressive interventions to promote gender equality and empowerment by launching initiatives including Night Walks and ‘Public Space is Mine Too’ campaigns, women in the state continue their fight for equal rights as the efforts of the authorities could hardly make any change in the people’s mindset.
Kerala has witnessed multiple protests by students to fight harsh night curfews at women’s hostels attached to private and public educational institutions in the past few years. Yet again after a gap, protest has erupted among students demanding lifting of night curfew at college hostels of government medical colleges.
As many as 700 inmates of the women’s hostel at Thiruvananthapuram Medical College Hospital (MCH) are on a warpath demanding the same. As per the current rules, students are not allowed to leave or enter the hostel after 10pm. The students have already taken up the matter with the MCH principal and director of Medical Education but failed to get any result. The students are planning to launch a mass campaign and take it up with the health minister.