NCW demands probe into misogynistic comments of Jadavpur University professor

NCW demands probe into misogynistic comments of Jadavpur University professor


Kanak Sarkar had written a series of Facebook posts on “virgin brides” for “value oriented social counselling for educated youth”.

Jadhavpur University professor Kanak Sarkar

Jadhavpur University professor Kanak Sarkar had equated a virgin woman a sealed bottle. (Photo: Facebook)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • NCW has demanded appropriate action against Kanak Sarkar
  • Kanak Sarkar had written a series of Facebook posts on “virgin brides”
  • He defended his statements but has not apologised yet

The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Monday asked the West Bengal DGP to probe and take appropriate action against Jadavpur University professor Kanak Sarkar for his “misogynistic and sexist” Facebook posts and comments on women.

Kanak Sarkar had written a series of Facebook posts on “virgin brides” for “value oriented social counselling for educated youth.

The NCW took suo motu cognisance of Kanak Sarkar’s “misogynistic” comments and asked the West Bengal DGP to probe the matter and take appropriate action in the case and apprise the commission of it.

In the post, Kanak Sarkar rhetorically asked his readers are you willing to buy a broken seal while purchasing a bottle of cold drink or a packet of biscuits? A girl is born sealed from birth until it is opened. A virgin girl means many things accompanied with values, culture, and sexual hygiene. To most boys virgin wife is like angel.

He also said that boys are fools for not realising the benefits of having a virgin woman and a wife. “A girl is born sealed from birth until it is opened… A virgin girl means many things accompanied with values, culture, and sexual hygiene [sic],” Sarkar said.

As his posts equating a virgin girl to a sealed bottle created furore, Kanak Sarkar defended them, saying that they all were his opinion. Kanak Sarkar also asserted that he does write in favour of women.

“I have not written anything against any person, individual or anybody without any evidence or proof or any reference. I am doing social research and writing for the good and wellbeing of the society. It’s everybody’s right to express his / her thoughts. I have given many posts for and in favour of women (sic),” Kanak Sarkar wrote in another Facebook post.

With inputs from PTI

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