A botany professor in Kerala has triggered a fresh controversy after saying that women who wore jeans and dressed like men gave birth to transgenders.
A report by PTI said that while speaking during an awareness class for students in Kasaragod in Kerala, Rajith Kumar said, “…a woman who dresses up like a man. What will be the character of the child this woman gives birth to? The name of these children is ‘transgender’ or ‘napumsakam’ ‘Hijra’. Already, more than 6 lakh trans people have been born in Kerala.”
He did not stop here. He concluded that good children were born to men and women who ‘lived their lives as men and women.’
“ But, when a woman degrades her womanhood and a man degrades his manhood, the girl child born to the couple will have the character of a man. The child that she eventually gives birth to, will be born transgender,” he added.
This comes just days after women’s groups have staged a series of protests in Kerala after a professor spoke about the need to cover up breasts properly. Addressing a gathering of families, Jauhar Munavvir T of Farook Training College in Kerala’s Kozhikode had said that girls were not wearing their hijab properly and were deliberately flashing their just like ‘slices of watermelons.’
As for Kumar, the Kerala government said that it was planning to take action against Kumar for his outrageous remarks.