IIT Madras: Student outrage over homophobic emailsEditorial Team618|0Last Updated:11:51 am, April 17, 2012
Students at IIT Madras were shocked at emails between professors that were homophobic and hostile towards parents.
The Hindu has gained access to several emails between faculty members at the institute in late March which suggested that stricter measures for students living in hostels.
The emails suggest that internet access should be further restricted. Emails suggested that there should be no LAN, doors as well as windows should be open in hostels and there should be fewer cultural nights.
According to The Hindu, the email exchange took place after feedback at a student forum where one student asked why authorities should be concerned if he wanted to bring his girlfriend to the hostel.
The chairman of the council of wardens suggests in an email that “responsible students” should make sure that no embarrassing questions were put forward to authorities.
Email exchanges go further to say that some students showed a decline in morals while others expressed a fear of experimentation among students.
The fault, according to some, was not only for students. One faculty member suggests that the fault lies with parents as they did not have “enough education to recognise moral values”.
The emails clearly stated that academically good students would not be affected by the restrictions.
Students, who saw the emails, said they found the alternative sexuality comments homophobic and were outraged by the exchange.
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