Bahria University Islamabad is in the news after a circular from the institution went viral over the internet. The circular alleges that male and female students at the university should keep a minimum distance of 6 inches between themselves or risk facing ‘disciplinary action.’ It justified this move by mentioning that “touching of males and females is forbidden”.
Furthermore, the university also ordered students to follow a strict ‘dress code’ as well.
The university believes that this move would help it ensure discipline across the campus and limit interaction between two opposite genders in the premises.
Here’s the circular that went viral over social media:
Bahria University, which is managed by Naval personnel, has attracted both support and outrage given its recent decision.
As seen in the image (above), Commodore (R) Syed Hasan Mustafa, Director of Bahria University Islamabad has allegedly signed off on the order as well.
Students who are found violating this notification will be subjected to heavy fines as well as disciplinary action by the university staff. To this effect, all HODs and security staff members have been given the authority to ensure the rules are followed.
Social Media Reactions
As you may have guessed, social media had a field day with this notification, with many poking fun at how ridiculous the notice sounds.
Bahria University issued a notification saying girls & boys if sitting together must maintain a distance(exactly 6 inches lol) and that is a laughing stock.
I need to know the reason behind the notification. Anybody from Bahria?
— Hina Safdar (@hinasafi) May 18, 2018
Now take inchtap to the university in the month of #Ramazan to have six inches of distance.
Because Bahria University has issued orders that girls must keep distance of 6 inches when sit with boys.
What about standing together in university buses? pic.twitter.com/MTWk1W0oos
— Shama Junejo (@ShamaJunejo) May 18, 2018
Here not only vehicles have to keep distance, but male and female students of Bahria University Karachi too keep at least 6 inches distance, acc to memo signed by Commodore (r) sb.
فاصلہ رکھیں…کہیں پیار نا ہو جائے! pic.twitter.com/BG8uVRWOZY
— Kapil Dev (@KDSindhi) May 18, 2018
Bahria University trying to show extra efficiency in Ramadan by creating this stupid "6 inch policy" for Ramadan. If you are so concerned for the students welfare so get the air conditioners in the classrooms… https://t.co/bFbTGqn5mF
— Fahad Bari (@FahadBari786) May 18, 2018
Aur jo University Ramadan mai 6 inch ka distance rakhwae wo hai Bahria https://t.co/CGTNiKmKAZ
— S I F F A T (@KAFIR_3) May 18, 2018
The students (girls & boys) of Bahria university #Karachi can carry a measuring tape with them to campus so that they can fulfil the orders of their administration to keep a distance of 6 inches from the opposite sex pic.twitter.com/eN5vIEw3dA
— Furqan T. Siddiqui (@furqantsiddiqui) May 18, 2018
Aaj se Har Bahria ka student inchi tape leke ghoomega
Baji dekho mien 6 inch kay faslay pe hoon.
— Hamadullah Sohu (@hsohu) May 18, 2018
What do you think of this decision? Do you think that its justified? Or do you that the administration should reconsider taking back this directive?