Kerala protest against the derogatory watermelon remark against women has handed professor Jauhar Munnavir in deep trouble after Koduvally police file case.
The sexist remark by a professor of a teachers’ training college in Kerala had propelled a revolution. The ‘Maaru Thurakkal Samaram’ Kerala protest.
The professor is identified as Jauhar Munnavir. He belongs to the Farook Training College in Kerala’s Kozhikode district. He had attracted much ire from the public for his offensive remark comparing women’s breasts to ‘sliced melons,’. The culprit is finally being held accountable for his remarks all credits to the Kerala protest.
A case has made an entry in the police records of Koduvally. The registration took place on Thursday evening against the social science professor for insulting women in a public speech made a few months ago. Jauhar now faces charges under IPC sections 354A (punishment for sexual harassment) and section 509 (words, gestures or acts intended to insult the modesty of a woman.)
The case was filled on the basis of a complaint that came to light by a student of Farook college. The student is Amritha who came forward to hit-back the derogatory remarks of the professor. However, the police haven’t summoned the accused as of now. The Kerala protest took a major turn with this move.
The controversy changed to a revolution when a video of Jauhar’s speech was circulated on social media. In his address in Malayalam, Jauhar comments on how women of this age dress up. To drive his argument forward, Jauhar unabashedly shames the Muslim women students of his college, also accusing them of discarding the traditional ways of dressing.
“I am a teacher of a college where 80% of the students are girls and the majority of them are Muslims. What is the situation there? They wear purdah, but they wear leggings too. And they hold their purdah a little higher in order to expose the leggings they are wearing. This is a new style,” Jauhar said.
He continued: “Don’t even talk about muftah. They don’t wear muftah anymore, do they? Just wrap a shawl over the head, and it’s done. They tie it in such a way that their chest is not covered. A woman’s bosom is one of the body parts that attract a man. And so it should be covered. But our girls expose some part of their chest. You know, like how we slice a small part of a melon to see if it’s ripe? Just like that. They want to say that rest of their body is also like the exposed part.”
Despite the professor’s remark being criticised heavily on social media, the college Principal had told TNM that he cannot take action against Jauhar, in the absence of complaints from students. Meanwhile, the issues snowballed into a controversy, after various student unions led protest marches armed with watermelons, to take on the professor.