AMU Professor Suspended: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has issued a show-cause notice to Dr Jitendra Kumar, a faculty member at the medical school at the university for “hurting religious sentiments”. The professor allegedly showed a slide in his presentation about the mythical reference to rape.
According to reports, the professor was allegedly teaching about rape in India in his class and its historical and mythological reference. The professor in his class on the subject showed slides about the “story of Brahma raping his daughter”, Indra’s impersonation of Rishi Gautam, and raping his wife and many other references from predominantly Hindu mythology.
Many students, reportedly, took to social media platforms to condemn the content of the lecture. Post the uproar, the AMU administration and faculty of medicine issued an official statement where they mention that they “strongly condemned” the content of the presentation and issued a show-cause notice to the concerned faculty.
Claiming that the slide has hurt the religious sentiments of students, staff and citizens, the professor was given a time frame of 24 hours to submit a reply.
“Aligarh Muslim University has a zero-tolerance policy. AMU Admin & medicine faculty strongly condemned the content of a slide on the mythical reference of rape by Asst Prof Dr Jitendra Kumar; 24hr time has been given to him to reply to our show-cause notice,” the University’s PRO told the media.
He further informed the media that a two-member committee has been formed on the recommendation of the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Professor Rakesh Bhargava to look into the incident and has been suspended. Reportedly, Dr Jitendra Kumar has also submitted an unconditional apology.
Rashmi Samant, the former Oxford student president who was forced to step down for her racist jokes, tweeted the photo from the presentation and wrote, “Two months ago I graduated from being a student to a Taxpaying citizen of this country and my money is going towards the study and dissemination of anti-Hindu rhetoric. POV: Slide from a class in Aligarh Muslim University.” Many replied to her tweet expressing outrage about the content in the slide.