German Professor Sorry for Rejecting Indian Student Due to Nation’s ‘Rape Problem’
"I have many female students in my group, so I think this attitude is something I cannot support," she had written“
A German professor from the University of Leipzig, whose refusal to grant an Indian student an internship because of his nation’s “rape problem” caused public outrage and prompted a stern diplomatic response, issued an apology late Monday for her statements.
“I have made a mistake,” said Professor Annette Beck-Sickinger, according to a statement uploaded on the website of the German embassy in India. “I sincerely apologize to everyone whose feelings I have hurt.”
Beck-Sickinger’s rejection email, which opened with the line “Unfortunately I don’t accept any Indian male students for internships,” went viral on Sunday. “We hear a lot about the rape problem in India which I cannot support,” the email continues. “I have many female students in my group, so this attitude
is something I cannot support.”
Besides causing an uproar among Indian netizens, the rejection also drew the ire of Michael Steiner, Germany’s ambassador to India.
“Let me make it clear at the outset that I strongly object to this,” Steiner said in a letter to Beck-Sickinger. The ambassador commended India’s “lively, honest, sustained and very healthy public debate” around sexual violence, and the government’s commitment to dealing with the problem.
“Let’s be clear: India is not a country of rapists,” the letter continues. “I would encourage you to learn more about the diverse, dynamic and fascinating country and the many welcoming and open-minded people of India so that you could correct a simplistic image, which — in my opinion — is particularly
unsuitable for a professor and teacher.”
Sexual assault has once again become a sensitive issue in the South Asian nation over the past couple of weeks, with a violent mob lynching an alleged rapist a few days after the Indian government banned a British documentary on the infamous New Delhi fatal gang-rape case of 2012.
Wow! What a complete idiot! What a biased action made on an ignorant stereotypical assumption. She's a professor and yet cannot not think clearly....
The typical stupidity of some people who do not understand what individuality means and always judge a person by the supposed good or bad qualities of the group he or she is supposed to belong. That such a person can be a professor at all is quite shocking ...
Shame on western media for stereotyping! Why there is no single sentence in this article suggesting that there is no factual data behind such an image? __ apparently rape rate in US and UK is 20 times more than India!
Dear Professor XYZ
I could tell you that I personally believe that even one rape is one too many. I could also tell you facts that the per capita reported rape statistics of Germany are 4.5 times that of India or that of US 14 times more than that of India (see refs below). I also could not find any major news of Indian interns raping their co-workers either in India or abroad. But, facts may not matter to you because there is an unknown variable factor of under-reporting of such serious crimes all over the world, which you can use to justify your prejudice.
Even if you are now convinced that Indian men are not particularly much bigger rapists than others, it will not matter to me now, because you chose grossly generalize based on the headlines from your news sources without any critical thinking. I have serious doubts about your professional abilities to manage a multicultural research team. So, I have decided to apply to non-xenophobic and non-racist research groups such as those in top universities in US that celebrate such multiculturalism.
- Copied from Quora
Indian women have more fun due to culture and family. Their parental family take care of them life long. Also, India is on war path on development and tracking criminals from huge population.