Student denied internship over India’s ‘rape problem’


A series of emails between a prospective intern at Leipzig University and a professor at its institute of Biochemistry reveals that an Indian student was denied an internship due to India’s ‘rape problem’.

Originally posted on Quora by a colleague of the applicant, the exchange reveals several sweeping generalisations made by the female professor about Indian men: implicitly viewing Indian men as only potential rapists.

Prof Dr Annette Beck-Sickinger, an academic at the University of Leipzig, Germany, allegedly rejected a male Indian student’s application because she had several female students in the group, and was concerned over their safety.

Defending her decision, she also stated that ‘many female professors in Germany [have] decided to no longer accept male Indian students’.



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