Sunday, April 11, 2010

A death in Aligarh

We do not yet know if Shrinivas Siras, poet, Marathi teacher, and professor at Aligarh Muslim University, took his own life. We do know that the months prior to his being found dead in a flat in Aligarh’s Durga Wadi neighbourhood were filled with disappointment, frustration and anger, as the institution to which he had given more than two decades of service turned away from him because of who he was. Siras had to turn to the courts: last Friday the Allahabad high court stayed his suspension from the AMU faculty, and ordered the university to reverse its decision expelling him from faculty housing — in which he had been filmed in an act of consensual sex, which the filmers passed on to the university administration, which instead of being horrified at this blatant invasion of a teacher’s privacy, suspended him. Because, of course, Siras’ partner was also a man.

Full report here Indian Express

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