Raya Sarkar Lists 69 Professors Across India As 'Sexual Offenders'

Raya is currently unavailable for comments and thus, we cannot vouch for the authenticity.

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The #MeToo campaign took the internet in a whirlwind of realization of the magnitude of sexual abuse. Women from all walks of life came together to tell the world their story of sexual abuse. From Alyssa Milano to that ex-employee at High Spirits to my kid sister, they all lined up on the internet.

One such woman who was extremely moved and took this shaming to another level is Raya Sarkar. A law student of the University of California, Raya listed out around 69 professors from India and across, tagging them as ‘sexual offenders’. The professors belong to universities like Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indian Institute of Technology (Bhubaneswar), Tata Institute of Social Sciences and Film and Television Institute of India.

 

 

I have something to say about Ashley Tellis, [I was not a complainant in the matter that led to him being added to...

Posted by Raya Sarkar on 27 ऑक्टोबर 2017

The revelation, which happened on Raya’s Facebook timeline, garnered polarized views. While some sharply criticized, other stood in cohesion to Raya’s move.

People who stood in support-

I also want to say how much gratitude I have for the survivors that contributed to the list. The list may have been...

Posted by Thenmozhi Soundararajan on 28 ऑक्टोबर 2017

 

Wrote down some lines after a long time. Hope to work on it. This is dedicated to my Inspiration and our dear blue star...

Posted by Sumeet Samos on 27 ऑक्टोबर 2017

In an interview to a newspaper, Raya claims her list is based on conversations and first-person accounts via various forms of social media interactions like WhatsApp, Facebook, etc. These stories either came to her directly or through her friends, is what Raya said when asked about the authenticity of her ‘list.

Even though the post found various supporters from across the globe, there were many who criticized her.

Reasons? Various.

Some doubted the authenticity saying the list was just another way of bringing out ‘casteism’ for Raya is an ‘Ambedkarite’. Others stood up for the so-called ‘abusers’ and called this list a sham.

Please don't harass me and ask me my caste. I am a Buddhist. Thank you.

Posted by Raya Sarkar on 28 ऑक्टोबर 2017

 

I am an Ambedkarite. And a Savitri-ite.

Posted by Raya Sarkar on 29 ऑक्टोबर 2017

Some institutions like the FTII showed solidarity support to their professors standing up for them. Read here.

Sarkar also opened up on Facebook about the death threats she has received. 

I'm getting so much hate. From death threats to rape threats. I've stopped looking at my "others" folder. Thanks...

Posted by Raya Sarkar on 26 ऑक्टोबर 2017

Amidst all this, her account was blocked by Facebook for reasons unclear.

Raya Sarkar has been blocked from posting editing anything on Facebook and using messenger. Facebook has never been the...

Posted by Greeshma Aruna Rai on 25 ऑक्टोबर 2017

Her supporters staged a protest on the blocking action.

When is the power is threatened; when they have to save their face. Unblock Raya Sarkar& Swar Thounaojam

Posted by Kulajit Maisnam on 25 ऑक्टोबर 2017

While Raya is currently unavailable for comments of any sorts, we cannot vouch for the authenticity. Not the ones to disrespect the abused who came forward, we stand neutral bringing you both the sides of the story.


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