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West Bengal: College Professor refuses to speak to Dalit student; gets suspended

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A dalit student of Visva-Bharati University (VBU) from West Bengal has alleged that a professor refused to have a conversation with him and called him “impure”.

The professor said he doesn’t talk to SC community; police filed a complaint

West Bengal

The Santiniketan police have registered a complaint against the professor based on the student’s allegations .The student identified as Somnath Sow, is part of the department of economics.

In his complaint, he said that the assistant professor told him on 17th September that he does not speak to people who belong to the Scheduled Caste (SC) community and said that he would lose his honour if he does that.

According to reports last month Sow and two other students were expelled from the University for disturbing the academic atmosphere of the education institution and “disorderly conduct”. Following the rustication of the three students, several protests took place against Vice-Chancellor Bidyut Chakraborty and the university administration as cited by The Indian Express.

Professor suspended

At the same time the University issued a show-cause notice to another professor of economics department named Sudipta Bhattacharya, who got suspended for allegedly urging students to protest against the vice-chancellor following the rustication order of the students.

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