Kolkata, September 6
A professor of Jadavpur University has been subjected to casteist assaults on social media for a publish about conducting remaining semester exams throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jadavpur University Teachers Association (JUTA) and All Bengal University Teachers Association (ABUTA) on Sunday condemned the “vicious casteist trolling” of Maroona Murmu, an affiliate professor of historical past of JU for an innocuous publish on Facebook.
On September 2, Murmu was subjected to a volley of casteist abuse on social media when she wrote in a Facebook publish about the necessity to postpone the ultimate semester exams as “one year cannot be more precious than someone’s entire life”. This triggered a remark by a 3rd yr pupil of Bethune College on her wall that “such thinking stems from quota-centric state of mind” implying that Murmu had academically benefitted being a tribal.
A harm Murmu, who did her undergraduate research at Presidency College earlier than doing analysis at JNU, expressed anguish in her reply how her opinion as a person was ignored by a feminine pupil and questioned if somebody may be known as incompetent and undeserving if he/she carries a tribal surname.
This invited extra trolling as many others supported the younger third yr pupil of Bethune College whereas help additionally poured in for the professor.
The Bethune College Students’ Committee posted an announcement on social media saying, “it is extremely disheartening and condemnable that a student of our college is still unaware of the caste dynamics in India and the need of reservations for the underprivileged. The incident in question is extremely shameful and has brought the institution into disrepute”.
“Therefore on behalf of the students of Bethune College, the students committee unequivocally condemns, the comment by the third year student of the institution and resolves to stand by Dr Murmu and the struggle of all Dalits in our campus, state and country,” the assertion mentioned.
The JUTA mentioned in an announcement on Saturday “an innocuous comment by Professor Murmu regarding the decision to conduct terminal semester exams during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, caused a torrent of abuse to be unleashed against her on the basis of her ethnic origin”.
“Her abusers have challenged among other things her qualifications to teach in one of India’s premier universities. Such an attack questioning the qualifications and integrity of Professor Murmu is an attack on every teacher, not just in Jadavpur University but anywhere in the country,” JUTA common Secretary Partha Pratim Ray mentioned within the assertion.
“JUTA believes that every individual has the right to express his/her personal opinion on any matter, but never in a manner that vilifies an individual for belonging to a particular community, ethnicity, caste, class or religion,” the assertion mentioned.
The ABUTA in an identical assertion condemned the trolling of Murmu by a university pupil and 200 others subsequently on social media who’re making hate speeches towards her and all the group of dalit college students and lecturers.
“She is the victim of fascist forces who want to vitiate the air of free thinking and crush liberal forces,” the left instructor affiliation mentioned.
Murmu in a number of posts thanked the lecturers’ our bodies, a number of rights teams and people for expressing solidarity together with her. PTI