Published: 20th March 2018
Kozhikode professor's sexist audio on women and 'melons' draws ire, triggers protests
The professor's alleged sexist remarks will not be officially registered unless complainants come forward, the college principal has said
The Students Federation of India (SFI) on Monday marched to Farook Training College here demanding strict action against assistant-professor of social science, Jouhar Munavvir, whose audio of sexist remarks against female students at a family counselling went viral.
A clip of the speech, a week ago, drew flak online. "I am a teacher of a college where 80 per cent of the students are girls of which a majority are Muslims. These girls wear leggings beneath the purdah and they hold the purdah deliberately up to show off the legging," the professor is heard saying in the video clip.
"Don't even talk about muftah. They tie it in such a way that their chest is not covered. A woman's bosom is one of the parts that attract a man and so it should be covered, " he further states.
"Instead of properly covering their head with a scarf, these days girls wrap a shawl over their head and thereby exhibit some parts of their chest as an indication, like how a slice of a watermelon is put on display to reveal its ripeness. This is un-Islamic, " he adds.
College principal C A Jawahar asked for a formal complaint by the students in order to take action. “The statement likening a woman's body to a watermelon was made during a speech he delivered to a group of families a few weeks ago. The video circulating on social media has only a selected clipping from the event and not the entire one," he said. Though the students had taken out a march outside the college, none of them made any formal complaint. “We will decide about taking action only after reviewing the incident," he said.