A Muslim student in India’s Karnataka state hit back at a professor for comparing him with terrorist after learning about his Islamic name.
The incident took place on Friday at the Manipal Institute of Technology in Udupi, according to NDTV.
In a short video which went viral on social, the professor had reportedly asked the student his name, and on hearing a Muslim name, had blurted: “Oh, you are like Kasab!” Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist captured alive after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks”.
The student confronting the professor saying: “26/11 was not funny. Being a Muslim in this country and facing all this every day is not funny, sir. You can’t joke about my religion, that too in such a derogatory manner. It’s not funny sir, it’s not,”.
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“You are just like my son…” the professor said while trying to downplay his offensive remarks.
“Will you talk to your son like that? Will you call him by the name of a terrorist?” the student replied.
When the professor said “no,” the student continued: “Then how can you call me like that in front of so many people? You are a professional, you are teaching. A sorry doesn’t change how you think or how you portray yourself here.”
After the video went viral, the institute suspended the teacher and ordered an inquiry.