Iraqi university bans students from wearing jeans

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Azzaman, September 3, 2014

An Iraqi university has forbidden students, both girls and boys, from wearing jeans claiming that the garb contravened “Islamic ethics.”

The Presidency of the University of Kufa, situated close to the holy city of Najaf, has issued the order that has already been passed to the deans of its 12 college to implement.

A copy of the order seen by the newspaper makes it incumbent even on faculty members to avoid wearing jeans on university campus.

“Those violating the order will be punished as the order has been issued to preserve the principles of sound Islamic ethics,” the order said.

The order was issued early August and it applies throughout the current academic year 2014-2015.

Many students have gone to the social media to express their anger at the new order.

One student said: “This order restricts individual freedom and invades privacy.”

Others called on the university authorities and the Ministry of Higher Education, which administers universities across the country, to pay attention to the development of science and research rather than imposing clothing restrictions on students.

“It is a radical decision,” another student wrote.

“It is illogical and violates principles of freedom the Iraqi constitution guarantees,” said one of the comments.

Kufa university authorities declined comment.