"Relentless Nightmare": Kolkata Teacher Who Lost Job "Over Insta Photos"

"Relentless Nightmare": Kolkata Teacher Who Lost Job "Over Insta Photos"

A teacher who was allegedly forced to resign from St Xavier’s University, Kolkata, over some bikini pictures she’d put up on Instagram, says she felt “shame, horror, revulsion… every emotion with agonising intensity” after facing the institute’s “kangaroo court” in October last year. 

In an article in The Indian Express, which withheld her name on her request, she describes the meeting with the vice-chancellor and others as “a modern re-enactment of a witch trial, where I was interrogated and subsequently slutshamed over my private Instagram pictures”. 

“Not only was I morally policed and harassed for over an hour over images which I had privately shared with a select group of people, but I was also forced to tender my resignation,” she alleges. 

While she filed a police case under Sections 354(C) (voyeurism) and 509 (outraging modesty of a woman) in February, the university officials sent her a legal notice alleging defamation — seeking Rs 99 crore as damages — after the matter became public recently. 

Former student at St Xavier’s to get a BA English major, she then went to Jadavpur University to earn her MA in English and to a European university to finish her doctorate.