Karnataka: Muslim student calls out prof over Islamophobia after being called `terrorist`; professor suspended

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Bengaluru: In a shocking incident, a professor at Manipal University in Karnataka called a Muslim student a terrorist on Friday (November 25). The video of the student lashing out at the professor for calling him a ‘terrorist’ went viral on social media and the department has ordered a probe into the matter.

The professor at Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) here was suspended by the institution after he referred to a Muslim student as a ‘terrorist’ during a class. The action against the professor came after a video of the incident went viral on social media.

In the video going viral all over social media platforms, the student is seen schooling the professor on calling him a terrorist. The Muslim student, whose name has not been mentioned, was taken aback on allegedly being called a terrorist by the professor in class. “These jokes are not acceptable. No! You can’t joke about my religion..that too in such a terrible manner,” the student stresses.

Sensing what he had done, the professor tried to calm the situation by calling the agitated student “you are just like my kid”, to which the student replied, “If my father did this to me, I would disown him.”

The professor, still trying to damage control the situation said, “It is a funny thing.” This upset the student even further who replied, “No sir, It is not a funny thing. 26/11 was not funny. Islamic terrorism is not funny. Being a Muslim in this country and facing all this every day is not funny.”

When the teacher again tried to address him as his son, the student asks him if he would call his own son a ‘terrorist’.

“Will you call your own son by this..’a terrorist’? How can you call me like that? In front of so many people, in a class. You are a professor.”

Finally, the professor can be heard apologising. But the student who is visibly hurt says, “Sorry doesn’t change how you think or how you portray yourself here.”

Interestingly, while this whole conversation was going on, no classmate stood for the student.

 

 

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