In a strict rule enforced on Valentine’s Day, a hostel in Delhi University’s north campus asked women to return to the premises early on Wednesday.In a notice, Aparna Girls Hostel asked its female residents to not step out after 5 pm.”This is to inform you all that on Valentine’s Day 14th February, entry time will be at 5 PM. No one is allowed to go after 5 PM. For any queries, please contact the undersigned. It is mandatory for all of them (sic),” the notice reads.”Girls living in this hostel have to face this situation ever year. We are supposed to be inside by 5pm on Valentine’s Day every year. We are told it is done keeping our safety in consideration but the rule is binding on us,” said Ruchika (name changed), whose friend lives in Aparna Girls hostel.Pinjra Tod, an autonomous collective of women to provide security, affordable and not gender-discriminatory accommodation for women across Delhi, has flagged the notice this year, stating that it is a diktat on women living in the hostel.”Who would like to be under early curfews? While everyone’s out celebrating, we are asked to come back early. Even on usual days, we have to come back before 8pm. This is imposed every year on girls. We are asked to come back early on Republic Day and all such festivals,” Ruchika said.ALSO READ | Days ahead of DU’s first cut-off list, counsellors see spike in parents seeking helpALSO READ | Your guide to Delhi University’s sports quota trailsadvertisementHowever, the hostel management maintains that the rule has been introduced to protect girls from a mishap on Valentine’s Day.”It is only for the safety of girls that we issued the notice. Even the parents of students who have come from outside Delhi asked us to introduce these curfews as and when required,” said Kusum, the management representative of Aparna Girls Hostel in Roop Nagar. Kusum explained that their notice, issued to protect girls, is done keeping the “violent incidents” that take place on the streets.”Are we all not aware of how violent it gets on Valentine’s Day outside?” Kusum asked, adding that they allow girls attending classes to come as per their class hours.