IIT-B officials rubbish sexist remarks; Claim to work for women empowerment

IIT-B student Maitreyee Shukla published a note calling IIT-B sexist


Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-B) student Maitreyee Shukla published a note on January 24, 2018 where she called IIT-B sexist in terms of its conduct, lingo, the behaviour of students and posters which displayed derogatory comments regarding women.


After the note went viral, on Monday, IIT-B issued a clarification stating that women are treated appropriately and women grievances and complaints are addressed through a Women’s Cell and Internal Complaints Committee (ICC).

In her note, she had mentioned,

The sexism of IIT reaches its peak during its festivals. Mood Indigo, apart from the incredibly objectifying performances catering to the male gaze, is known for the ‘Hariyali’ (literally, greenry), IIT’s lingo for the lush crop of women it hosts during the fest. For IIT-B’s annual dance festival, AIDS, the entire campus is plastered with posters saying “Chalti hai kya Hostel se Convo” and “Basanti in kutton ke saamne zaroor naachna”.

In the note she also took a dig at Women’s Cell where she mentioned that the website of Women’s Cell has not been updated since long and when they receive any complaints, they either dismiss them as non-issues or demand viable proof.

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