Ban on lipstick on campus triggers outcry in Pakistan

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Islamabad – A university in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, on cried out on social for banning female students wearing lipstick on campus.

University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ administration declined to comment on decision, while activists, civil groups and social users referred to move as oppressive.

activist Farzana Bari said that the decision reflected that conservatism and radicalization was on the rise in the , adding that Pakistani women were pushing against all odds.

She said there had been decisions in the past such as the segregation of female students and the imposition of a dress code for women.

In September, authorities in North-Western Pakistan withdrew an order stipulating that must wear hijab after opposition civil groups and an outcry on social .

However, the in the conservative province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa near the of Afghanistan, a former stronghold, said the decision was taken to safeguard against sexual harassment.