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University Bans Lipsticks, Students Cry Out

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Daniel Ojukwu

Students of the University of Azad Janmu in Pakistan-administered Kashmir have on Monday, taken to social media to decry the University’s decision to ban female students from wearing lipsticks on campus.

Rights activists, civil society groups, and social media users term the move by the University as oppressive.

There has been no official word by the University’s management on the issue as they declined to comment.

Notable amongst the backlash was that of Rights activist Farzana Bari who said the decision reflected that conservatism and radicalization was on the rise in the society.

She condemned past decisions such as the recommendation of a dress code for women, and the segregation of female students.

North-Western Pakistan, in September, withdrew an order forcing schoolgirls to wear hijab after a similar public outcry.

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s government has defended the laws, saying they were necessary to protect women from sexual harassment.

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