‘Virgin girl is like sealed bottle,’ Jadavpur University professor posts on Facebook, deletes it
KOLKATA: A Facebook post from a Jadavpur University professor espousing “virgin brides” has invited criticism from various quarters. Kanak Sarkar, who has been teaching international relations in JU for the past two decades, said he had voiced his personal opinion. He subsequently deleted the post.
Sarkar, who had even earlier posted comments on Facebook that could be deemed controversial, reportedly wrote a piece, arguing for virgin brides in his series, titled, “Value Oriented Social Counselling for Educated Youth”. His areas of specialization are political sociology, political thought, constitution and go nment, h an rights and law, development administration, ethnicity and terrorism.
The screenshots of the post, “Virgin Bride-Why Not?”, went viral even after it was deleted. Some of the screenshots available showed comments, such as “Are you willing to buy a broken seal while purchasing a bottle of cold drink or a packet of biscuits?”, “A girl is biologically sealed from birth until it is opened. A virgin girl means many things accompanied as values, culture, sexual hygiene” and “Virgin girl is like Sealed Bottle or sealed packet”.
Following the criticisms, Sarkar responded on Facebook: “I write my personal opinion. Supreme Court has repealed section 66 A of IT Act and given fre m of expression in Social Media. When Taslima Nasrin wrote against a particular religion we supported her Freedom of Expression. We are supporting Bengali Poet Srijato who writes about Hindu Gods. I have not written anything against any person, individual or anybody without any evidence or proof or any reference. I am doing social research and writing for the good and wellbeing of Society. The recent post I have given in ‘Kalom’ and ‘Mukto Kalom’ public group only. Many are sharing screen shots. I request not to confuse. It’s everybody’s right to express his/ her thoughts. I have given many posts for and in favour of women. Can verify them in my Timeline.” He reiterated the same opinion to TOI, adding his comments were generic in nature. “These are my personal posts and nothing to do with the university,” he told TOI.
“This kind of statement reflects a closed mentality, which is not open to change. Even as the world moves ahead, some tend to wade in pre-historic era. It shows that the mind is very orthodox and gender biased,” said Dr Sanjay Garg, head of mental and behavioural sciences at Fortis hospital. Bivas Chatterjee, special public prosecutor on cyber law and electronic evidence, said, “Unless there is a complaint by a person that they are aggrieved, it is difficult to construe such general statements as an offence. Freedom of speech is, however, not all pervasive.”
富通医院精神与行为科学主任桑杰•加格(Sanjay Garg)博士表示:“这种说法反映了一种封闭的心态，这种心态是不会改变的。即使世界在向前发展，有些人的思想还是停留在史前时代。这表明，人们的思想非常传统，而且存在性别歧视。”网络法律和电子证据检察官比瓦斯•查特吉(Bivas Chatterjee)表示:“除非有人投诉自己受到了伤害，否则很难将此类一般性陈述视为犯罪。”
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Grateful - Mumbai - 1 hour ago -Follow
I do not agree with his views, but surely he has fre m to express them; as long as they are not forced on others.
Jumla Expert - 1 hour ago -Follow
Hindus are World famous Rapists and Lechers.
Ravi Shanker - 1 hour ago -Follow
Just imagine how this dirty guy will be viewing girls on the campus! Somebody should tell him he looks like a bloated hippo!
C.A. Anu Yadav - 1 hour ago -Follow
What abt virgin boy, the concept should be vice versa. Girls are also entitled to have seal packaged bottle.
Vihin - Nihiv - 1 hour ago -Follow
Now we can be sure that BJP is soon coming to Bangal.
Anil B - Gurgaon - 1 hour ago -Follow
What is wrong if he has these views?
Akash - 1 hour ago -Follow
What is wrong in it? Can anybody deny? Now some pseudo intellectuals will creat controversy to project how much they know and to prove themselves very large hearted. When their own tern came most of them followed exactly what the prof has expressed.
Halius - Kuwait City - 50 mins ago -Follow
He said nothing wrong.
Bharatwasi - MERA apna BHARAT - 50 mins ago -Follow
Isn't it applicable to men ?
We follow western culture and ape it up like a fly on a sweet, however dissociate and display and become saint when we criticise others.
Sudhanshu Raghav - 41 mins ago -Follow
HIs point of view, as everyone has got rights to speech unless not forced to others or hinder to one''s psychology.
Pankaj - 56 mins ago -Follow
Personally I dont think he said anything wrong, why a good well cultured boy can not expect a virgin girl? whats wrong if he expect a virgin girl. and whatever he said its true that Virgin girl means a lot than just virgin.
Jumla Expert - 1 hour ago -Follow
Hindu Rape Culture on Display Once Again.
Jumla - 42 mins ago -Follow
Although I do not support what the professor said or share his views, but I have s question. This professor wasn't raping or molesting anybody or perpetuating hatred against women. He was simply stating a scientific fact, albiet in a dramatic way
OK, one will ensure that seal was not broken before marriage but how will you ensure that no one sips from the bottle once seal is broken by you?
Abhishek - 58 mins ago
true to great extent..many will follow the same when their turn come
Indian - mumbai - 37 mins ago -Follow
With Cosmetic surgery any girl can be a virgin. It is only superficial. Virgin wife does not necessarily mean a good wife. Technically all the sportswomen will not be considered virgin.
Hagoo Chodoo Mohammed - 47 mins ago -Follow
This comment is deplorable no doubt. But how many Indian men are willing to marry a woman who is not a virgin?
Florence Khape - 48 mins ago -Follow
What he said is true ..but its applicable to both men ans women
Ddindian - India - 48 mins ago -Follow
I believe 99 percent of Indian males are like him and have same views. They would love to break as many seals before and after marriage but would like a fresh bottle to marry.
Adrish - India - 1 hour ago -Follow
Indeed it is his personal opinion but should have thought twice before posting such comments..
Jag - 11 mins ago -Follow
This man is not fit to be a Professor teaching children. Seems to have a primitive mindset of sexuality, marriage and relationships. If the seal is intact, does the mean the contents inside havent been tasted, idiot.
vivek mahajan - 17 mins ago -Follow
Editors wife wasnr a virgin
So he is upset woth the professor
Indian Abroad - 34 mins ago -Follow
I do not see anything wrong with his post. Freedom of expression without being offensive.
Rajesh Singhal - 1 hour ago -Follow
Such professors will only degrade the minds of the students.
Hridoy - 1 hour ago -Follow
This professor should be sent to Alipore zoo along with other zoo animals for public view. For him not University but the Zoo is the right place.
Rohan Samal - 1 hour ago -Follow
This is the mindset of such people which holds back the progress of equality in India