A lecturer at the Bengaluru’s St Joseph’s Autonomous College was terminated from service on Thursday, allegedly due to his sexual orientation. Though the college authorities say the action has nothing to do with the lecturer’s sexual identity, the lecturer, identified as Ashly Tellis, maintained that his homosexuality cost him the job.
The lecturer also said he was sacked from the college affiliated to the Bangalore University without any notice.
According to reports, he was summoned to the principal’s office, while he was conducting classes for second year B.Com students.
As soon as I was summoned, I went to the principal’s office. In the office, principal told me that the students were disturbed by my ‘personal opinions’. Soon after that he informed me that the management of the Institute had asked him to remove me and I was relieved immediatelyAshly Tellis, Lecturer, St Joseph’s Autonomous College
Ashly also alleged that the management of the Catholic institute was against him, as they did not approve of his homosexuality. “In the classroom, I used to discuss everything with students. Sometimes, it also included issues related to different sexual orientations,” Ashly was quoted by The New Indian Express reported.
I am sure students will testify to enjoying my classes. It is possible that I was sacked because students felt comfortable about airing their opinions in my class, many of which were against some of the harsher rules prescribed by the college such as boys and girls not being allowed to share earphones or hug; boys not being allowed to wear ear-studs; girls disallowed to colour their hair or wear clothes like leggingsAshly Tellis, Lecturer, St Joseph’s Autonomous College
The lecturer, who is also a gay right activist, is planning to start a social media campaign seeking justice. “I am tired and exhausted of being treated badly by the staff and institutions for my sexual orientation,” he added.
The lecturer was denied a job in St Joseph’s College, Brigade Road, for the same reason a couple of years ago and in 2010, he was sacked from Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad (IITH) over “negetive student evaluation.”
However, principal of the college located near Richmond Circle, Victor Lobo denied the allegation of targetting the lecturer for his sexual orientation. He said Tellis was not following the rules of the contract and was not teaching what he was supposed to.