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“Can’t Call Me A Terrorist”: Muslim Student Confronts Teacher in India’s Karnataka

A student at Manipal University in India’s Karnataka lashed out at a teacher who allegedly called him a “terrorist” during class.

Due to comments made in class equating a Muslim student with a “terrorist,” a college instructor in Karnataka has been suspended. A video of the pupil hitting his teacher in response has gone viral.


A video of the student hitting his teacher in response has gone viral.

The incident happened  At the Udipi-based Manipal Institute of Technology.

According to reports, the professor had asked the student his name and upon learning that it was a Muslim name, had exclaimed, “Oh, you are like Kasab!” Following the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Ajmal Kasab was the only Pakistani terrorist to be found alive. He was put to death in 2012.

The student was heard confronting the professor in a widely shared video and accusing him of disparaging his religion by equating him with a terrorist.

“26-11 wasn’t funny. It’s not funny, sir, to have to deal with all of this as a Muslim in this country every day. You shouldn’t make crude jokes about my religion, especially in this context. No, sir, it’s not funny “While the instructor was attempting to minimise an offensive remark, the student yelled.

In an effort to calm the student down, the professor said, “You are just like my son.”

“Will you use such language with your son? Will you refer to him as a terrorist? “The pupil responded.

As the professor stated “”No,” the student went on, “so how can you call me that in front of so many people?” You are a professional who teaches. A sorry does not change how you think or present yourself here.”

The instructor was heard apologising inanely.

Silently, other students observed the conversation.

The institute suspended the teacher and initiated an investigation after the video went viral. According to the institute, counselling was provided to the student.

“The institute has already begun an investigation into the incident, and the involved staff members have been prohibited from attending classes until the investigation is complete. We want everyone to be aware that the institute does not support this kind of conduct and that this singular incident will be handled in accordance with the established policy “said its declaration. Additionally, it stated that it was committed to upholding constitutional principles that everyone should be treated equally and was proud to have such a diverse student body.

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Pavan Manzoor is an experienced content writer , editor and social media handler along with a track record of youth-oriented activities in Pakistan and abroad. She was selected as a fully-funded delegate as a leadership fellow in Turkey. She also led a team of 5 volunteers at the week-long Young Professionals Fellowship in Maldives. She is also a member of the Youth Standing Committee on Higher Education.

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