Trissur (Kerala), Oct 8: Deepa Nishanth, an assistant professor working with Kerala Varma College in Trissur, landed up in a controversy over her controversial Facebook post.
Deepa supported a beef festival which was held by the SFI unit of the college inside the campus.
The fest was organized to show protest against the infamous mob lynching incident in Dadri, near the national capital. [Kerala: Activist Rahul Easwar attacked for not supporting beef festival]
The students held the beef festival on Oct 1. The college, which was aided by government, suspended six students for distributing beef and bread inside the campus.
Deepa, who is also a writer, posted on Facebook supporting the actions of students.
Her Facebook post said, "I am strongly against the opinion that educational organisations are temples. The customs followed in temple should not be followed in educational institutions. Today they said no beef in colleges, tomorrow they will prevent the entry of menstruating women and backward castes stating the same reason."
The students' wing of BJP, ABVP activists filed a complaint against Deepa to the Cochin Devaswom Board.
The board is an autonomous organisation under the state government and they manage college as well. The board ordered probe and asked the Principal to submit a report.
Meanwhile, Deepa's Facebook wall is loaded with posts in support of her stand and the hash tag #supportDeepaTeacher has gone viral. Deepa has now around 70,000+ facebook followers.
Pinarayi Vijayan, former CPI(M) general secretary, also made a post on his Facebook page supporting Deepa.
In his post, Vijayan wrote, "It is not the Sangh Parivar who has to decide what the students should be eating. Deepa's concern of preventing the entry of backward castes in colleges, do make sense to me."
However speaking to media houses, Deepa said that she has given explanation to the principal of the institution and she will give more explanation on the issue later on.