In a statement to Al-Masry Al-Youm Tarek Sorour, Dean of Faculty of Agriculture at Alexandria University said that ripped trousers show students’ bodies, which he considered a breach of university traditions. He explained his decision saying that ripped pants and revealing clothing stir up feelings among young people and may cause sexual harassment incidents.

The students’ responses to the decision varied, with some confirming that the dean was right because the clothes were “contrary to Shari’a,” while others expressed their anger.

Both Head of the Egyptian Feminist Union, Hoda Badran and Founder and Executive Director of Nazra for Feminist Studies, Mozn Hassan have expressed their unacceptance for such decision. They stated that there is no formal dress for the university, and that not even the president – has the right to define a particular garment for any citizen. Both also pointed out that even the veiled women are harassed and harassment cannot be linked to dress.

 

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