The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has suspended Dr Jitendra Kumar, a faculty member at the medical school at the university for hurting “religious sentiments. The professor has also been issued a show-cause notice. The professor had allegedly shown a slide show in class in which he gave a “mythical reference of rape.”
The professor had allegedly taught about rape in India and its historical and religious reference during one of his classes. One of the slides during the lecture talked about the story of Brahma raping his daughter, Indra’s impersonation of Rishi Gautam, and raping his wife, tulsi vivah: lord Vishnu raping the wife of king Jalandhar. It also talked about Nirbhaya rape, the Mathura rape case, and different types of marriages as per Hindu traditions.
Many students have taken to social media platforms to condemn the content of the lecture. After much uproar, AMU administration and faculty of medicine in an official statement have “strongly condemned” the content of the slide and issued a show-cause notice to Dr. Jitendra Kumar. Claiming that the slide has hurt the religious sentiments of students, staff, and citizens. The professor has been given a time of 24 hours to submit a reply.
The accused, assistant professor with the Department of Forensic Science, has tendered an unconditional apology on the issue and stated that it was a mistake on his part and also gave assurance that such a lapse will not occur again in the future.
The university has also set up a two-member inquiry committee to suggest steps so that this sort of incident does not occur again. Dr. Jitendra Kumar has submitted an unconditional apology.
“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 was given to him to reply to our show-cause notice. A two-member committee has also been formed on the recommendation of the Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Prof. Rakesh Bhargava, to look into the incident. Dr Jitendra Kumar has submitted an unconditional apology,” said AMU PRO Omar Peerzada.
Meanwhile, recently a professor at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) had imposed his image over a painting of the Hindu god Ram. He also replaced the image of the Hindu goddess Sita in the painting with the image of that of his wife and displayed the same at an exhibition at the university.
— With inputs from Qazi Faraz Ahmad