Euphoria’s lead singer Palash Sen has run into trouble over his allegedly sexist and misogynistic remarks during Mood Indigo, IIT Bombay’s annual cultural fest, recently. Even as IITians expressed anger over the comments on social media sites, Mood Indigo organisers tendered an apology about the incident.
Sen allegedly made the comments during the band’s concert on Saturday. While some students took them as humour, several others were offended. The matter escalated after a blog post by Arpita Phukan Biswas, a researcher in the field of caste and gender and a student of Humanities and Social Sciences department at IIT Bombay, went viral.
Biswas, who was at the concert, wrote in her blog: “His (Palash Sen’s) slew of sexist barrage began with seemingly the most pressing concern of IIT boys on campus — do boys have enough good-looking girls to look at and hit on? So he asked, ‘Are there good-looking girls in IIT-B?’ Men, both from and outside IIT-B, raised their hands in solidarity to signal no. So he asked again, ‘Are there good-looking girls in IIT-B?’ The hands were raised again... He went on adding: ‘Don’t worry guys, you will find the best looking women when you leave this campus. Aur woh tumhaare liye roti belengi (and they will make rotis for you). Women are for beauty, men are for intelligence. You have to agree that men are more intelligent than women, don’t you?’ The crowd went hysterical at this point.”
“It’s not just me who was offended by his (Palash Sen’s) comments, there were many girls and boys who did not like how he picked on women on the campus and made those misogynist comments, many of which I have not mentioned in my blog,” said Biswas.
Biswas took up the matter with the Mood Indigo team, who assured her that it was done in good humour. The organisers posted an apology on the official Facebook page, which states: “We strongly condemn the remarks of Palash Sen at the concert yesterday. We apologize on our part for the band’s remarks. The organizing committee is in the process of deciding further action in the matter.”
Biswas has requested the organisers not only to ban Euphoria from performing at IIT Bombay, but also add clauses in their contract asking performers to refrain from sexism or discriminatory publicity. She has also appealed to other educational institutes to refrain from inviting Euphoria.
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