Mumbai: IIT-B non-veg students allowed to eat on regular plates

Updated: Jan 17, 2018, 13:42 IST | Pallavi Smart

After being struck by a rather meaty controversy, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) has retracted a directive issued by a student council barring non-vegetarian students in hostel 11 from eating meat in regular plates

At IIT-B, regular vegetarian meals are provided in a steel plate
At IIT-B, regular vegetarian meals are provided in a steel plate

After being struck by a rather meaty controversy, the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) has retracted a directive issued by a student council barring non-vegetarian students in hostel 11 from eating meat in regular plates. A new e-mail has been sent out to all residents of hostel number 11 stating no rule like that can be forced upon anyone and students are free to eat their food in whatever plate they like.

Several students had taken to social media on Monday to express their discomfort with the directive issued by the council responsible for the hostel on January 12. The council had however maintained that the statement was issued in a positive approach after a few vegetarian students had raised religious concerns about others using regular plates for non-vegetarian food despite having different plates for it. But following the controversy, the council has issued a new statement.

"This has been practiced since a long time, with people in the mess serving the non-vegetarian food in different plates as it is not part of the main menu. We are concerned about the religious beliefs, but as council members, nothing like this can be forced upon anyone. You people are free to eat food in whatever plate you like. And we assure you that complaints of such kind will be handled in a more mature manner," reads the new statement.

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