‘No Entry’ for Married Women: The State Government of Telangana has laid down a rule that only women who are not yet married can go for higher education in these colleges. Reportedly, in what comes as quite a surprise for many, the TS Govt. has been discouraging married women from applying. This is to apply for State Social Welfare Residential Women’s Degree Colleges. This rule was there since last year where 75 % seats for SCs and 25% for STs/BCs and General Category. The reason was given by the TS Govt. is that married women get distracted when their husbands visit them in their colleges.
‘No Entry’ for Married Women Into These Colleges
There are around 23 residential degree colleges for women across the state of TS. They are able to take in 280 students every year. A total of around 4,000 women studies & live in these hostels. They are given free education with basic needs like food and lodging free.
- Venkat Raju, the TSWREIS Content Manager explained it away saying. “The intention is to ensure that other girls in the residential degree colleges do not get distracted because there is every possibility of husbands visiting their wives weekly once or in a fortnight. We do not want any kind of distraction among students.”
As per a government official, Dr. RS Praveen Kumar, the Society Secretary the purpose of residential colleges is to stop the child marriage cycle. Now, this is stopping married women who wish to get educated further. He said, “We don’t encourage married women, but at the same time won’t prevent them if they approach us for admission. Our intention is neither to deny nor hurt any one’s feelings.”
On the other hand, the activists are not quiet on the issue. They want to withdraw the notification. V Sandhya from the Progressive Organisation of Women expressed and questioned the issue. She said, “How can an institution of the state government itself block the education of married women when child marriages are so rampant in both urban and rural areas of Telangana?”
While it intends to break the cycle of child marriage it is also costing those women who require state-sponsored education.