Hostels not tourist homes, KUHS tells HC as opposing plea of students against night curfew

Kochi: The Kerala University of Health Sciences has taken a firm stand on the night curfew in girls’ hostels of medical colleges when the High Court considered its plea in this regard. The university told the high court that the hostels are not overnight tourist abodes.

The university clarified its position in an affidavit filed in court. In the affidavit, the university argued that people attain maturity at the age of 25 and what people say before that age cannot be accepted. Female students of the Kozhikode medical college approached the high court against the night curfew in the hostel. In the complaint, the students said they were not allowed inside the hostel after 9:30 p.m.

In its affidavit, the university said that according to international studies, a person attains maturity at the age of 25 and proper guidance is necessary for taking any decision before that age.

The university has also said that students stay in the hostel for study, not for enjoyment. So they don’t have to go out at night. He also said that university libraries close at 9:00 p.m., so asking to enter the hostel by 9:30 p.m. is not wrong.

However, the students who are protesting against the night curfew have stated that the library is open till 11.30 pm and are pressuring them to enter the hostel by 10 pm.

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