The University’s move came after an undergraduate student’s father complained that he was “appalled” to find his son looking at the professor’s photo.
Kolkata: In a bizarre case of moral policing, the St. Xavier’s University of Kolkata forced a professor to quit after she posted a photo on Instagram wearing a swimsuit and also asked her to pay Rs 99 crore for “damaging” their reputation.
The University’s move came after an undergraduate student’s father complained that he was “appalled” to find his son looking at the professor’s photo. The University’s move has now drawn a massive debate online with many slamming the institution for punishing the professor instead of going deep into the fact that her profile was locked and how the student laid his hands on the photo.
Meanwhile, the professor said either her account was hacked or someone with access to the profile took a screenshot of the photo and circulated it, which falls under sexual harassment. The father’s letter to the University read, “Recently, I was appalled to find my son looking at some pictures of professor…where she has posed in a sexually explicit way causing deliberate public exposure. To look at a teacher dressed in her undergarments uploading pictures on social media is utterly shameful for me as a parent, since I have tried to shield my son from this kind of gross indecency and objectification of the female body…It is obscene, vulgar and improper for a 18-year-old student to see his professor dressed in scanty clothes exhibiting her body on a public platform.”
The professor has now decided to file a plea in the Calcutta High Court against her sacking, reported a section of media. She also alleged that a “kangaroo court” of sorts was held and she was “intimidated, bullied and taunted with sexually coloured remarks” without any provocation or justification.