A concerned citizen has sued Bugema University for infringing on students’ rights when it recently banned wearing of mini- skirts and lipsticks.
In December, the seventh day Adventist university issued a notice in which it banned all female students from wearing make-up, mini-skirts, ear-rings, necklaces, bangles, sleeveless, open tops, coloured nail varnish and trousers, among others while at campus adding that culprits would face the university disciplinary committee for serious action.
However, Ronald Bwire through Mayende and Associated Advocates in his suit before the civil division of the High Court says the move by the university is an infringement on students’ constitutional rights to equality,dignity, freedom of expression and caused psychological torture to them.
“The impugned notice is a threat not only to constitutionalism and rule of law but also to Uganda’s efforts to respect, promote and uphold rights and status of women,” Bwire says in the suit.
He says female students have been tortured psychologically and inconvenienced them through lowering their dignity asking court to lift the ban on mini- skirts and lipstick as had been imposed by Bugema University.
In notice by the university, this ban was to affect students in the boarding section and day scholars and the implementation started on December 12, 2018.