From: Selva Nayagam <>
Subject: Re: German professor cites rape culture in India to refuse student internship
Date: March 9, 2015 at 3:13:45 PM GMT+5:30
To: "Annette G. Beck-Sickinger" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Many thanks for your prompt response and assuring me that the mail was a misunderstanding.
Wishing you the best,
> On Mar 9, 2015, at 2:23 PM, Annette G. Beck-Sickinger <email@example.com> wrote:
> Dear Sir,
> Unfortunately this mail was a misunderstanding (huh?)
. Of course I have nothing against male Indians and I have accepted several Indian students in the past.
> However my lab is full and I currently cannot take any student.
> This led to an unpleasant discussion with one of the Indian student.
> I apologize if this caused any misunderstanding, but the e-Mail was taken out of the context. (und my nose ist growing gros longer every funf second)
> With best regards
> Annette Beck-Sickinger
> Prof. Dr. Annette G. Beck-Sickinger
> Institute of Biochemistry
> Leipzig University
> Brüderstr. 34
> 04103 Leipzig
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> FAX +49 341 9736909
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> 11th NPY-PYY-PP Meeting will be in Leipzig, Germany from August 22 to 26, 2015
> Von: Selva Nayagam
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> Betreff: German professor cites rape culture in India to refuse student internship
> Respected Prof. Dr. Annette Beck-Sickinger,
> I owe your details to http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~trr67/joomla ... 11&lang=en
and to http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/germ ... 22825.html
(German professor cites rape culture in India to refuse student internship). I have copied and pasted the article below for your reference.
> I am an Indian national myself and I am here to tell you that I am very saddened by your decision. Rape is a crime / law and order issue which every country - including Germany - is fighting, which you are aware of. While you have exercised your right in denying a candidate admission, I would like to bring to your notice that the reason you have cited may not really go well with the common public in general. I have worked with German companies / nationals in the past and I have never ever come across anyone who used a logic like you have used. In my opinion, you have opened up yourself vulnerable for criticism and unwanted comments.
> My apologies if I have gate-crashed here with my opinion. I wrote to you since I thought it concerns every Indian (as you have generalized that every Indian male is a rapist).
> Best regards,
> Selva Nayagam.
> German professor cites rape culture in India to refuse student internship
> In what appears to be a direct international fallout of the numerous rapes being reported from India, a student who had applied to a German university for admission has reportedly been turned down by a professor of the Leipzig University citing the rape culture in India.
> <image001.jpg>The first email that the student was sent. Twitter
> If the screenshots of two emails, posted originally on Quora and later on Twitter, are to be believed, a professor from the Leipzig University - identified in one screenshot as Annette Beck Sickinger of the Institute of Biochemistry, Leipzig University - turned down the student saying, "unfortunately I don't accept any Indian male students for internships. We hear a lot about the rape problem in India which I cannot support. I have many female students in my group, so I think this attitude is something I cannot support, [SIC]"
> <image002.jpg>The second email that the professor from the Leipzig University sent the student. Twitter
> When the applicant reportedly mailed the professor saying that this was generalisation, the professor reportedly wrote back saying, "I fully agree that this is a generalisation and may not apply to individuals. However, it is also unbelievable that the Indian society is not able to solve this problem for many years now. Reports reach Germany on a weekly base, and especially these "multi-rape crimes" are threatening, but for me also demonstrate the attitude of a society towards women. Also female tourists are kidnapped by groups of males and then abused.
> "Many female professors in Germany decided to no longer accept male Indian students for these reasons, and currently other European female association are joining. Of course we cannot change or influence the Indian society, but only take our consequences here in Europe."
> <image003.jpg>The third screenshot offered for the verification of the email address, reveals the name of the professor as well. Quora
> The three screenshots of the email have gone viral on twitter with many people asking if it is true or not and others demanding that MEA take up the issue with the German ambassador
> Prof. Dr. Annette Beck-Sickinger
> Principal Investigator A4
> Prof. Dr. Annette Beck-Sickinger,
> Professor of Biochemistry and Bioorganic Chemistry
> Universität Leipzig
> Faculty of Biosciences, Pharmacy and Psychology
> Institute of Biochemistry
> Brüderstraße 34
> 04103 Leipzig
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