The Court opined that the GO, prima facie, appeared to restrict the ability of students even to walk in the campus after a particular time and that the same can be justified only if compelling reasons are shown.
“However, there can also be situations where students would want to walk out in the nights, for other reasons, as they may deem. This has been restricted and I am certain, therefore, that the competent Authorities must come out with the rationale in imposing the said limitation“, the Court said.
It also reminded the responded authorities to keep in mind the Regulations of the University Grants Commission, which mandate that under the guise of protection, the rights of the students – especially women – cannot be inhibited, particularly the right of movement.
The Court sought the response of the State Government, University and Women’s Commission and posted the matter for further consideration on December 7.