Published: 04th April 2018
Women who wear jeans will give birth to transgenders: Kerala prof lands in trouble for sexist remarks
The state government will initiate legal action against the professor and bar him from government-sponsored awareness classes in schools and colleges
A college professor in Kerala has courted controversy with his remarks that women wearing jeans and shirts "will give birth to transgenders."
The state government said it planned to initiate legal action against the professor, Rejit Kumar, and bar him from government-sponsored awareness classes in schools and colleges.
"Rejit Kumar has not withdrawn his controversial statements so far. The government is mulling initiating legal action against him," Health Minister K K Shylaja said in a statement.
"He has been propagating superstition and making anti-women remarks continuously," she said
Kumar, a Botany professor of Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrith in Kalady, during an awareness class for students in Kasaragod, reportedly said that women wearing jeans, shirts and dressing up like men "will give birth to transgenders."
There are over six lakh transgenders in Kerala, he said. He said adding that children of parents who are not of good character will turn out to be "autistic and suffer from cerebral palsy."
Earlier, he had made disparaging remarks against girl students while addressing them at a women's college in the state capital, following which a student had booed him and walked out in protest.
"If mothers wear jeans and shirts and dress like men, they will beget children who are transgenders."
"Children suffering from autism and cerebral palsy are born to parents who are not of good character," Kumar had said.