Banasthali University for women situated near Jaipur, Rajasthan, has asked students to supply details of their menstrual cycle and reproductive status in a health-profile form that accompanies the admission application.
Activists have called the practice disgusting and intrusive, while vice-chancellor Aditya Shastri said the record helps the university provide better healthcare to students.
Students refused to talk about the questionnaire and the alumni was divided on the issue, but all agreed that the form has been there for some time. One student who completed B Tech (Biology) in 2015 recalled questions about her menstrual cycle, but she thinks it is well within the university’s rights to ask such questions to maintain a health profile of the students. Another student who graduated this year says it was the first time she saw a form requiring all these details.
The varsity started maintaining gynaecological profiles on students after a newborn was found dead in one of the hostels. Mr. Shastri said the gynaecologic questions apply only to married students.
Kavita Srivastava of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties said the practice is disgusting and the forms should be withdrawn.