A Dalit lecturer at a Varanasi university, who was dismissed from service for his post on the Hindu festival of Navratri, on Saturday claimed that he was being targeted because of his caste, The Indian Express reported.
Mithlesh Kumar Gautam was dismissed from service at the Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith on Thursday after he had advised women against fasting during Navratri.
“For women, it is better to read the Constitution of India and the Hindu Code Bill instead of fasting for nine days during Navratra,” Gautam had said in his social media post, according to NDTV. “Their lives will be free from fear and slavery. Jai Bheem.”
The University had issued the removal order after receiving a complaint from the members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad – the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, The Hindu reported.
In the removal order, registrar Sunita Pandey had claimed there was wide-scale anger among students against Gautam, which might impact the university’s environment.
“In view of the examination and admission process being hindered, I would like to say that under the rules of the university, Dr Gautam is discharged from his post of guest lecturer,” Pandey’s statement said. “He is also banned from entering the university premises keeping in mind its security.”
On Saturday, Gautam, who taught Indian Constitution, alleged…