Monday, March 09, 2015

Prof Denies Indian Male Student Internship, Citing India's "Rape Problem"

An Indian male student at Germany's Leipzig university was recently declined an internship, with the professor citing India's "rape problem":

In her emailed response to the request for an internship, Beck-Sickinger had written: “Unfortunately, I don’t accept any Indian male students for internships. We hear a lot about the rape problem in India, which I cannot support. I have many female students in my group, so I think this attitude is something I cannot support.”
Dharma nevertheless requires that Indians stand resolutely against rape, even while trying to avoid being categorized en masse as rapists.


non-carborundum said...

Beyond the realms of inductive and deductive reasoning. Not beyond belief.

Anecdotes of rape turn into false statistics that further translate into conclusions that only evil resides in the minds of all Indian men.

I hope they conduct their scientific research similarly.

non-carborundum said...

A few points addressing explicit and implicit accusations made on India by Western journalists:

Rape statistics:

Anecdotes apart, India is not a high ranking 'Rape Nation'. Many developed countries are far ahead. E.g.

Depravity of crimes:

Here countries like the US are clear winners. Wait as the next generation of Ritalin chugging teens matures.

Actions taken:

People in Delhi mounted a semi-violent Bastille day type of attack on the seat of power in Delhi. Such a collective violent protest against rape is unprecedented. Subsequently parliament enacted a strong law.


Rape and male chauvinism are not necessarily correlated firstly. Still, rather than going by assumptions of what goes on in the minds of people (aka the Orwellian "Thought Crime"), why not look at data like number of women heads of state(the US still has not had a woman President), or, women in senior corporate posts? (E.g., nearly all large banks in India have women either heading them or at very senior levels.)

Secondly, how does one gauge mindset? A more sophisticated male chauvinist or even sexual predator is likely to be able to better cloak his intentions. Education in this case resulting in non-detection rather than absence of the offending traits. Is this the reason rape statistics, as well as racial crime statistics, seem to have very little correlation with perceptions of 'mindset'?

I am not mistaking your intentions, San, but if we have to look inwards, then let us look only inwards and not at those who are neither capable of helping us nor intend to.

san said...

Banning documentaries is not the answer, howsoever flawed they may be. If a particular documentary or narrative is flawed, then one should come out with a better documentary or narrative, rather than hiding behind bans. Apathy seems to be the Indian variant on the fight-or-flight response. When a serious debate is surging around sexual crimes in India, we seem to want to plug our ears and bury our heads in the sand, claiming that this is not the right time or manner in which to confront the issue - but then when is it?

vtpcnk said...

why is rape more serious crime than robbery or murder or corruption in india? why should india focus more on rape than other serous crimes? india's rape stats pales in comparison with the 'west' for us to consider that we have a rape problem in india. Sweden is numero uno in rape stats where a quarter of its female population is raped yearly. the current propaganda on rape is to hurt india economically and culturally. india is the mother of Asian civilizations which has survived colonialism. today it is being targeted by neo-colonialism aka globalization.