Kolkata: The Calcutta High Court today ruled
that a dress code could not be enforced on woman teachers in
schools as long as they maintained decency.
Justice Jayanta Biswas said that forcing upon teachers
specific colours of dresses or a particular kind of dresses
was violative of their rights and these could not be a service
Lady teachers of government-aided Singur Golapmohini
Mallick Girls` School at Singur in Hooghly district filed a
petition in the high court after refusing to obey a directive
of the school authorities to wear white saris with a thin
single colour border, citing a 75-hear-old custom of the
The authorities had even threatened to take action
against them after which the teachers moved the school
education department of the government.
When the remedy did not come from the education
department, the teachers moved the high court in 2008.
The HC passed the order allowing the teachers the freedom
to wear clothes of their choice as long as those were decent.