BBC’s controversial documentary India’s Daughter brought India's prevalent rape problem to the forefront, citing it as one of the most important issues in India, but it certainly does not accuse all Indian men of being potential rapists.
Sadly, a professor at one of the Germany’s oldest universities failed to decipher that.
Professor Annette Beck-Sickinger from University of Leipzig reportedly rejected a male Indian student’s internship application because of his nation’s “rape problem.” She was worried for the safety of her female students, according to the contents of her rejection email that went viral in the country.
Along with causing massive uproar among the Indian public, it also prompted Michael Steiner, Germany’s ambassador to India, to send a strongly worded letter to the teacher, condemning her racist remarks.
Soon after, the professor issued a formal apology for her inappropriate comments.
“I have made a mistake. I sincerely apologize to everyone whose feelings I have hurt,” wrote Beck-Sickinger in a statement uploaded on German Embassy’s website.
It is yet unknown if she has also granted the student the internship he had applied for.
Her rejection email read: “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 this attitude is something I cannot support.”
The BBC short-film that has brought attention to the problem of sexual assaults in India is based on the fatal gang rape of 23-year-old medical student in Delhi on Dec. 16, 2012. Even though the Indian government has banned its screening, the documentary has gained a lot of attention from the rest of the world.