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A Mumbai College Told Female Students To Not "Dress Like Men" And Women On Twitter Shut. Shit. Down

"When they dress like men, they start thinking or behaving like them. The natural urge to reproduce diminishes." – Principal Swati Deshpande, Government Polytechnic College.

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According to a recent Times Of India report, Mumbai's Government Polytechnic College has demarcated a "girls only" section in their canteen to curb sexual harassment.

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"Former students enter the campus and create a ruckus in the canteen, they misbehave with girls," Principal Swati Deshpande told The Times Of India.

In addition, the college is also reportedly planning to introduce the salwar kameez as a standard and more "suitable" uniform for female students.

Deshpande also blamed ovarian and reproductive problems on the tendency of women to "dress like men".

"When they dress like men, they start thinking or behaving like them. There is a gender role reversal in their head. Due to this, the natural urge to reproduce diminishes right from a young age and therefore they suffer from problems like Polycystic Ovarian Diseases," Deshpande added.

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The report caused a lot of stir amongst readers, with Deshpande's quotes being shot down for being sexist, and not rooted in scientific fact.

This in megacity Mumbai.'Female students to wear suitable clothes to ensure tht they dnt start thinking like men&nt… https://t.co/uFHd6Kh94n

When a WOMAN principal of a college reduces women to tools for procreation, it's a long and lonely walk uphill https://t.co/ED2DKXcV89

Eventually, people started wondering what dressing like a man even means, giving birth to the hashtag #DressLikeAnIndianWoman.

show us how to #dresslikeanindianwoman no? we're struggling here.

The hashtag was soon filled with photos of hundreds of strong and successful Indian women in different attires.

Pink lips, pants, Glasses and Bikinis. #DressLikeAnIndianWoman @MasalaBai

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And as more and more users contributed to it, it soon became clear that no one is going to stand for such baseless peddling of ignorance from our educational institutes.

@MasalaBai Is it okay to add other women's pictures? If so, here's a great one of Lata Bhagwan Kare, the runner.… https://t.co/cUIJbZ9Ufi

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