St Stephen's cancels 'sexist' V-Day ritual

NEW DELHI: Breaking away from a four-decade-long tradition, participants of the Allnutt North Gentlemen’s Association (ANGA), St Stephen’s College’s residential facility for boys, has made up our minds to cancel the ‘Anga Oath’ this yr on Valentine’s Day after protests from ladies students. The oath is accused of selling misogyny, and the hostel citizens said they do not strengthen it.

The oath, which states that the Anga hostel dwellers would “advertise misogyny”, takes position once a year because the 1970s as a mark of resentment in opposition to admission of women students within the college.

“We have made up our minds to cancel the event this yr as we don’t advertise,” said Srijit Seal, hostel students’ representative and third yr chemistry scholar.

Last yr, after huge protests, the oath was altered by the hostellers to be less sexist and misogynist. “This was a trifling token gesture from the hostel students when they confronted protests,” said a member of the Pinjra Tod collective.

Maitreyi Jha, a 2nd yr history scholar, was part of the agitation in opposition to the ‘tradition’, said that it needed to cross completely, as the oath’s history was now not erased.

Unlike Stephen’s, Hindu College hostel students are continuing with their ‘virgin tree puja’ — another ritual that has evoked protests through the years for its misogyny and objectification of women.

This yr, after going through protests, the Hindu College students have made up our minds to worship a celebrity couple, as an alternative of a woman superstar as Damdami Mai. However, several students and Pinjra Tod have made up our minds to habits a protest on the website online and block the event.

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