- Students at Farook Teacher Training College in India held the unusual protest
- A college professor accused female students of showing too much cleavage
- Outraged students posed with watermelons following the professor’s statement
Outraged activists in India posed topless with watermelons after a college professor told students that they were displaying themselves like fruit at a market.
A professor at the Farook Teacher Training College in Kozhikode, Kerala, India, was filmed in a lecture criticising women for not covering up their breasts properly and displaying them like ‘sliced watermelon’ at a fruit stall.
Students held a ‘watermelon march’ through the college holding slices of watermelon in their hands and calling for action against the lecturer.
Students at an Indian college have been posting pictures of themselves posing with watermelons after a lecturer suggested many of them attended college showing too much cleavage
A professor at the Farook Teacher Training College in Kozhikode, Kerala, India, was filmed in a lecture criticising women for not covering up their breasts properly and displaying them like ‘sliced watermelon’ at a fruit stall
Model Rehana Fathima and her friend and fellow activist Diya Sana shared Facebook photos of Rehana holding two watermelons in front of her breasts, as well as an image where she is topless and hiding her face with the fruit.
Diya, who also posted a picture of herself holding half a watermelon in each hand, said: ‘Women, too, should have the same freedom that a man enjoys with regard to his body.’
Another woman who posed topless and posted the pic to social media was 25-year-old Arathy SA.
She said: ‘I am upset with hypersexualisation of breasts by people, whether it be professors in college or social media users seeing a model breastfeed and pose for a magazine.
‘So I and my husband posted pictures of me nude.
‘Just because people may find my breasts attractive, doesn’t mean they are entitled to violate me or my body.’
Facebook removed the pictures and temporarily blocked the users’ accounts.
The college is investigating the incident.