Thiru M. Manakuma
Joint Transport Commissioner(Chennai South)
In the recent past, the KK Nagar RTO in Chennai has been turning away women applicants keen on taking the driving test for wearing denims, capris or anything that the RTO officer finds ‘inappropriate’. This has nothing to do with driving skills or rules for taking the test and is moral policing, which needs to be stopped immediately.
Men have taken to decide what is appropriate or inappropriate for women to do or wear for millenia. This often spills into jobs including while holding public office. The only requirement is for the candidate to have legally turned 18, and the officers of the RTO in question need to be pulled up for making up their own rulebooks.
From news stories, this appears to have happened on multiple occasions and anyone found questioning the absurdity of these unwritten rules are arm-twisted into changing into a salwar kameez before they are allowed to take the driving test or stand the chance of not getting one.
We urge that the officers of the RTO in question be pulled up with immediate effect and ensure this is not repeated ever again.