A former assistant professor at St Xavier’s University in Kolkata was allegedly asked to quit after a parent complained that he had noticed his son looking at photos of her in a bikini on Instagram.
As per the media reports, the former assistant professor alleged that she was asked to quit the university after receiving a written complaint from a first-year male undergraduate student’s father last year. St. Xavier’s, however, has refuted the allegations and claims the assistant professor resigned voluntarily.
In the letter, the parent said that he had caught his son looking at pictures of the university professor that were “objectionable”, “vulgar” and “bordered on nudity”. The allegedly drafted complaint letter by the father, named as BK Mukherjee, is making rounds on social media.
her undergarments and uploading pictures on social media is utterly shameful for me as a parent since I have tried to shield my son from this kind of gross indecency and objectification of the female body. It is obscene, vulgar, and improper for an 18-year-old student, said father in his letter
“Recently, I was appalled to find my son looking at some pictures of Prof. where she has posed in a sexually explicit way causing deliberate public exposure. To look at a teacher dressed in her undergarments and uploading pictures on social media is utterly shameful for me as a parent since I have tried to shield my son from this kind of gross indecency and objectification of the female body. It is obscene, vulgar, and improper for an 18-year-old student to see his professor dressed in scanty clothes exhibiting her body on a public platform,” the complaint letter reads..
Following this, the professor was called in for a meeting with the university authorities. The professor alleges that during the meeting she was shown the guardian’s complaint letter and a piece of paper with thumbnails of some photographs from her private Instagram account. Further, the professor was pressured to quit the university as she had “besmirched the reputation of the university”.
The professor claimed in a police report she filed on October 24, 2021 that her private Instagram account may have been hacked, leading to the disclosure and distribution of her images. She added that the university’s treatment of her dismissal constituted sexual harassment and intentional character assassination.