Should curfews be lifted in college hostels?

Essay by lingCollege, Undergraduate October 2003

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As a student myself, my first and basic instinct will tell me to shout "YES!!!" "Yes, do away with the curfew...please?" And I am very sure that a legion of my fellow hostel 'inmates' will plead the same. It would be wonderful to go out shopping till the cows come home or going on dates without having to embarrass ourselves by glancing at our timepieces too often. Most of all, would it not be utterly superb to be able to attend occasions like concerts, raves, launches and parties, that usually carry on till wee hours of the morning, without having to worry about the guard at the door, more affectionately known as 'pak guard', not letting us in?

However, before we hear whoops of joy and cheers throughout the region (if this rule be passed), let us ponder but a few seconds on the actual impact of this seemingly magnanimous decision.

Let us think along the lines of the basic wh-questions. For example, how would the students react to it? What will students do with their new-found freedom? Who can we hold responsible for the well being of the students then? Most importantly, what are the possible negative effects that will arise from this implementation?

Indeed, this will bring about a relationship that is based solely on honesty and trust by the guardians towards their wards. And ideally speaking (or writing, in this case), we should be able to look forward to a generation of more independent and matured young people who know what to do and when. Letting them experience freedom is a way of letting them know how and how not to use it. Students will probably respond very positively to this step, but is that a good enough reason to lift the curfew? The...