Jadavpur University Professor Faces Casteist Abuse For Post On Exams Amid COVID-19


Jadavpur University Professor Faces Casteist Abuse For Post On Exams Amid Covid

The professor was subjected to a volley of casteist abuse on social media over a Fb submit.


A professor of Jadavpur College has been subjected to casteist assaults on social media for a submit about conducting ultimate semester exams through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jadavpur College Lecturers Affiliation (JUTA) and All Bengal College Lecturers Affiliation (ABUTA) on Sunday condemned the “vicious casteist trolling” of Maroona Murmu, an affiliate professor of historical past of JU for an innocuous submit on Fb.

On September 2, Ms Murmu was subjected to a volley of casteist abuse on social media when she wrote in a Fb submit about the necessity to postpone the ultimate semester exams as “one 12 months can’t be extra valuable than somebody’s total life.”

This triggered a remark by a 3rd 12 months scholar of Bethune Faculty on her wall that “such considering stems from quota-centric way of thinking” implying that Ms Murmu had academically benefitted being a tribal.

A harm Ms Murmu, who did her undergraduate research at Presidency Faculty earlier than doing analysis at JNU, expressed anguish in her reply how her opinion as a person was ignored by a feminine scholar and questioned if somebody will be referred to as incompetent and undeserving if he/she carries a tribal surname.

This invited extra trolling as many others supported the younger third 12 months scholar of Bethune Faculty whereas help additionally poured in for the professor.

The Bethune Faculty College students’ Committee posted an announcement on social media saying, “this can be very disheartening and condemnable {that a} scholar of our faculty continues to be unaware of the caste dynamics in India and the necessity of reservations for the underprivileged. The incident in query is extraordinarily shameful and has introduced the establishment into disrepute.

“Subsequently on behalf of the scholars of Bethune Faculty, the scholars committee unequivocally condemns, the remark by the third 12 months scholar of the establishment and resolves to face by Dr Murmu and the battle of all Dalits in our campus, state and nation,” the assertion mentioned.

The JUTA mentioned in an announcement on Saturday “an innocuous remark by Professor Murmu relating to the choice to conduct terminal semester exams through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, precipitated a torrent of abuse to be unleashed towards her on the premise of her ethnic origin.”

“Her abusers have challenged amongst different issues her {qualifications} to show in one in all India’s premier universities. Such an assault questioning the {qualifications} and integrity of Professor Murmu is an assault on each instructor, not simply in Jadavpur College however anyplace within the nation,” JUTA normal Secretary Partha Pratim Ray mentioned within the assertion.

“JUTA believes that each particular person has the fitting to specific his/her private opinion on any matter, however by no means in a fashion that vilifies a person for belonging to a selected group, ethnicity, caste, class or faith,” the assertion mentioned.

The ABUTA in an analogous assertion condemned the trolling of Ms Murmu by a university scholar and 200 others subsequently on social media who’re making hate speeches towards her and your complete group of dalit college students and academics.

“She is the sufferer of fascist forces who wish to vitiate the air of free considering and crush liberal forces,” the left instructor affiliation mentioned.

Ms Murmu in a number of posts thanked the academics’ our bodies, a number of rights teams and people for expressing solidarity together with her.

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