Teacher's sexist remarks trigger 'watermelon' protest

A few women in Kerala got their Facebook accounts blocked after they carried out a ‘topless’ protest on the social network, protesting a recent comment by a professor who likened women’s breast with watermelons.

A man named Vishnu shared a topless picture of his partner Arathy on Facebook to protest the remark of the professor.

A Thiruvananthapuram-based woman Diya Sana also posted a picture of a topless woman holding watermelons to hide her breast.

Both the pictures got viral.

Diya Sana later revealed that the picture belonged to her friend Rehana Fathima, a social activist.

The protest occurred after an Assistant Professor at Farook College, Kozhikode, said in a speech that the female students of the college bare their breasts like watermelon.

“I am teacher of a college where 80 per cent of the students are girls and of that, majority are Muslims. These girls are not wearing dress as per the religious tradition. They are not covering their chests with hijab. But showing part of it is like slice of red watermelon being displayed”, he was quoted as having said.