Aligarh: Aligarh Muslim University on Wednesday suspended a professor who had cited instances of rape in Hindu mythology during a forensic science class on charges of hurting religious sentiments. According to AMU officials, Dr Jitendra Kumar, assistant professor at AMU’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, made reference to rape in mythology while conducting a class on medical jurisprudence.
He was served a show cause notice and was asked to explain within 24 hours why disciplinary action should not be taken against him. An official told PTI that the university authorities had also constituted a two-member inquiry committee, but they were suspended till the results of the probe were out. The official said this was because of the gravity of the issue and preliminary evidence indicating misconduct.
After receiving the notice, the professor apologized. In a letter to AMU Vice Chancellor Tariq Mansoor on Wednesday, Kumar said, “I did not intend to hurt the religious sentiments of any particular religion and this was done only to highlight that rape has long been a part of our society.” being part. He called it an unintentional mistake and assured that no such incident would happen in future.
His lectures, which included a slideshow, complained that he had hurt the religious sentiments of students and staff members. A controversy erupted after a video clip of someone’s lecture was posted on social media. AMU officials took action after journalists approached him for comment on Wednesday. The AMU government had initially issued the show cause notice on the recommendation of Professor Rakesh Bhargava, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
AMU registrar Abdul Hameed issued a notice warning of possible disciplinary action saying that you intentionally and maliciously played slides in powerpoint (presentation) in class under the title Rape, so as to hurt the religious sentiments of a particular community.