Last month another Kerala professor had accused the female students of his college for showing their busts like “slices of watermelon”
The Hush Post: Kerala is officially the most literate state of India with a literacy rate of 93.91 per cent (according to the 2011 Census). But here are some instances of some professors of Kerala –who are supposed to be more literate than the people of the most literate state– act like illiterates when it comes to making comments regarding women. Now, a Kerala professor has gone on to say that the women, who wear jeans, give birth to transgenders.
A Botany professor Rajith Kumar courted a controversy by making weird comments at Kasaragod town of Kerala. He said that women who wear men’s clothing like jeans and shirts give birth to transgenders, The Indian Express reported on Thursday.
“Women who wear jeans and shirts and dress like men, give birth to children called transgender. There are over six lakh transgenders in Kerala,” Kumar was reported as having said at a gathering. He further said that only those couples give birth to “good children” who “live their lives as men and women.” He went on to say that children of parents who are not of good character turn out to be “autistic and suffer from cerebral palsy,” report said.
Notably, in past also the same professor had stirred an outrage with his controversial comments when he had made disparaging comments against female students while addressing them at a women’s college in the capital city Thiruvananthapuram, after which a student had booed him and walked out in protest, report said.
The Kerala government is mulling over to initiate a legal action against Kumar and he may also be barred from appearing at the government-sponsored awareness classes at educational institutes.
“Rajith Kumar has not withdrawn his controversial statements so far. The government is mulling initiating legal action against him,” Kerala Health Minister K K Shylaja said while accusing Professor Rajith Kumar of propagating superstition and making anti-women comments.
Earlier in March, another Kerala professor Jouhar Munavvir, had made controversial remarks against girls when he, while publicly speaking at a function, accused the female students of his college for showing their busts like “slices of watermelon”. This had triggered a widespread resentment against Munavvir and two Kerala women had posted their topless photos on their Facebook wall to show their resentment against the professor. However, the Facebook had later withdrawn these topless photos and deleted the accounts of those two women.
While addressing a function about the dressing style in college during a counselling session Munavvir had reportedly said, “I am the professor of Farook College where 80 per cent students are women, a majority among whom are Muslims. Think about it. The girls wear purdah but wear leggings inside. This is today’s style. They pull up the purdah, showing the leggings to the world. Don’t even talk about muftah. They don’t even wear the muftah. They wrap a shawl around with some 32 steps and 25 pins. That’s the style, revealing the chest. One of the body parts that man is highly attracted to is a woman’s bosom. That’s why it should be covered. But our girls reveal a part of their bosom. Like how we slice a melon open and see the ripe part inside. This style of wearing the muftah is not Islamic.” Munavvir was later booked under Section 354, 509(a) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).