University professor suspended for ‘mythical’ reference to rape

Police on Wednesday 6 April registered a first information report against an Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) professor who referred to examples of “rape” in Hindu mythology during a forensic science class, provoking accusations of hurting religious sentiments, reports Press Trust of India. The university, in Uttar Pradesh, India, has suspended the professor, who offered an apology for the “inadvertent mistake”.

According to AMU officials, Dr Jitendra Kumar, an assistant professor at AMU’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, made the references to “rape” in mythology while conducting a class on medical jurisprudence.

He was served a show cause notice asking him to explain within 24 hours why disciplinary action should not be taken against him. The university authorities also set up a two-member probe committee, but he was suspended pending the outcome of the inquiry, an official told news agency PTI. This was because of the seriousness of the issue and preliminary evidence that indicated misconduct, the official said.
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