The BJP-backed National Democratic Teachers’ Front (NDTF) on 23rd September, 2017 filed a police complaint against Asst. Prof. Kedar Kumar Mandal for allegedly writing offensive content about the Hindu Goddess Durga.
Assistant Professor of Dyal Singh College, University of Delhi faced flak for insulting Goddess Durga in his post on Facebook. On 22nd September, DU Professor Kedar Kumar Mandal’s post on Facebook read, “Durga is the very much sexy prostitute in Indian mythology”. A case has been registered under Section 153A and 295A of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Lodhi Colony Police Station by the BJP-affiliated teachers’ group National Democratic Teachers’ Front (NDTF) on Sunday against him.
Mandal had posted the controversial post on 22nd September at around 6.43 PM which he later deleted. His remark invited the ire of students’ organisations like Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) who have demanded the immediate dismissal of the Professor.
The ABVP asked students to boycott Mandal’s classes. “We demand suspension of this person who has no respect for religious sentiments of Hindus as well as dignity of women. Such a person, if allowed to continue as a teacher, will only spread hatred amongst students,” said Saket Bahuguna, national media convener of ABVP, in a statement to Hindustan Times.
IS Bakshi, Principal of Dyal Singh College, said he had not received any complaint. Bakshi said Mandal is an assistant professor in the Hindi department. No contact has yet been established with Prof. Mandal.
The controversial remark comes at a times when the entire Hindu community is busy celebrating the auspicious nine sacred days of Navratri which is celebrated with fervour over India and is dedicated to the Goddess Durga and her Nine avatars.
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