New Delhi: The National Commission for Women has taken suo motu cognisance of the statements by a professor of Jadavpur University, Kolkata. The NCW team will meet the University’s Vice-Chancellor. The body has also written to the state DGP, directing him to investigate and take appropriate action as per the IPC.

JU professor Kanak Sarkar had riled many by his Facebook post in which he likened a “virgin girl” to a “sealed bottle”. “Are you willing to buy a broken seal while purchasing a bottle of cold drink or a packet of biscuits?” Sarkar, an international relations (IR) professor of the university for the past two decades, wrote.

He went on to write more absurd notions, linking virginity with “culture and sexual hygiene”. “A girl is biologically sealed from birth until it is opened. A virgin girl means many things, values, culture, sexual hygiene. To most boys, virgin wife is like angel,” his post reportedly read.

Though he deleted his post, Sarkar defended himself by saying, “I write my personal opinion. The Supreme Court has repealed section 66 A of the IT Act and given freedom of expression on social media. I have not written anything against any person, individual or anybody without any evidence or proof or reference. I am doing social research and writing for the good and well-being of society.

Meanwhile, Jadavpur University Teachers’ Association (JUTA) has condemned Sarkar’s statements.

“JUTA unequivocally condemns the highly deplorable, misogynistic and sexist comments made by Kanak Sarkar of the IR department,” JUTA general secretary Partha Pratim Ray said in a statement.

Students of Sarkar’s department have also reportedly written to the HoD requesting the professor’s removal.

Leena Gangopadhyay, chairperson of the State Women Commission, was quoted by a leading daily as saying, “I don’t know whether he has the right to teach anymore. I will explore legal ways to look into it. If we receive a mass petition against him, we will hold a hearing on this matter and will summon the professor.”