Mon, 14 Jul 2003

IAIN to ban tight clothes on students

JAKARTA: An Islamic university in the country's second biggest city of Surabaya will soon ban female students from wearing tight clothes following complaints from other students.

Forty percent of female students at the State Institute of Islamic Studies (IAIN) are wearing "modish" clothes that show their figures and other students have complained, said Hamid Syarief, one of the institute's deputy rectors.

"The ban has nothing to do with intellect... graduates are expected to be good examples," he was quoted by Antara as saying.

Students who are not wearing proper attire will not be expelled from classes but will be asked to change, he said, adding that the rule will be in force on July 14.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country, but most Indonesians are generally moderate in their observance of Islam. --Agencies