Virgin Girls = Sealed Cold Drink Bottles: Is There No Difference Between India’s Politicians & Teachers Now?

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Virgin Girls = Sealed Cold Drink Bottles: Is There No Difference Between India’s Politicians & Teachers Now?

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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ollowing a week where everyone from our politicians to our cricket players have come under fire for making sexist and regressive remarks, it was perhaps only fitting that Monday would pass the baton over to the good people of academia. Professor Kanak Sarkar, who teaches International Relations at Kolkata’s prestigious Jadavpur University, made a series of Facebook posts about the importance of virgin wives for marriage.

According to Prof. Sarkar – who holds an actual Ph.D bolstered by two decades of teaching experience – virgin girls are like sealed cold drinks bottles and biscuit packets, because girls are “biologically sealed from birth”. Casting himself as a universal spokesman, Sarkar insists that “to the men folk Virgin [sic] wife is like angel”. However, in true feminist spirit, he includes the girls too, who naturally “get exploited by cunning and scoundrel boys”.

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