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University suspends prof for comparing Muslim student to ‘terrorist’

A viral video of a student at Karnataka’s Manipal Institute of Technology confronting a professor for allegedly comparing him to a ‘terrorist’ had gone viral on Monday.

The clip triggered a huge uproar on Twitter and other platforms, with scores of netizens calling for the professor to be suspended.

The 45-seconds video showed the student talking to his teacher in a classroom occupied by several other students.

It was reported that the student and the professor later settled their issue after the latter apologised. But later in the day, the college issued a statement saying an inquiry had been initiated into the incident and that the professor had been ‘debarred from classes till the inquiry is over’.

The statement read: “We would like everyone to know that the institute does not condone this kind of behaviour and this isolated incident will be dealt with in accordance with the laid down policy.

The institute prides itself with one of the biggest diversity on campus and is committed to uphold our constitutional values of treating everyone alike, irrespective of their caste, religion, region, gender etc.”

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The man in the clip was identified as Ravindranatha, an Assistant Professor at Manipal Insititute of Technology.

Netizens have now lauded the decision by the university to suspend the professor for his controversial remark.

A user wrote, “Suspend the teacher as he is clearly Islamophobic not fit to teach.”

“Thanks, this shouldn’t happen anywhere and if training is needed for staff then most universities should do this and it can be done to any religion. But the constitution does divide people into caste, religion, minority, and majority. So don’t quote the constitution,” wrote another user.

“Merely debarring him is not enough. His offence is contrary to the values of the constitution and derogatory to a young citizen of India,” wrote a third user.

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In the viral video, the student was seen lashing out at the professor after the latter allegedly compared him to a ‘terrorist’ during a class. According to reports, the incident was recorded on November 26.

The student is heard saying: “No, it’s not, Sir, it’s not. 26/11 was not funny. Being a Muslim in this country and facing all this every day is not funny. Will you talk to your son like that? Will you call him by the name of a terrorist?”

When the professor said ‘sorry’ for his remark, the student replied, “sorry doesn’t change how you think or how you portray yourself here.”

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