BAHAWALPUR: Bahawal Victoria Hospital (BVH) has banned jeans and made it mandatory for women medical officers and paramedics to cover their heads with scarf or dupatta to ‘preach Islam and reform the society’.
As per Dawn, the decision was taken by Dr Muhammad Younus Warraich who was recently appointed as the medical superintendent of the hospital.
A notification to this effect was signed by Warraich. Titled ‘DRESS CODE RULES IN B.V. HOSPITAL BAHAWALPUR PREMISES’, it has a list of dress that is ‘ALLOWED’ and ‘NOT ALLOWED’.
The ‘not allowed’ list comes off as rather absurd. It includes the following: “jeans/tights (but only with knee length shirt), high-up trousers/capri above ankle, tight fitted clothes, see-through clothes, heavy /tacky bangles or rings, sleeveless/half sleeves clothes, heavy make-up (especially dark lipsticks), untied long hairs, high heels (making loud sounds and turning heads of everyone), extreme hairstyles (especially high buns like hump of camels), low neckline (front and back), nail paint on long nails, slippers and anklets (Pajaib)”.
The kind of dress that has been allowed includes: “shalwar kameez or trousers with long shirts, dupatta/scarf, minimal jewelry like studs/tops, simple ring, or a chain with locket, sleeves below elbow, lab coat (compulsory in hospital premises), maternity gowns/suitable dresses (during antenatal period) and scrubs with long sleeves that can be folded for females”.