A day after the controversy over the alleged sexist remarks made by Indi rock band Euphoria’s singer-composer Palash Sen, IIT Bombay announced that it has blacklisted Sen and Euphoria.
Prof Urjit Yagnik, director of Student Affairs at IIT-B, told dna, “The band and Palash Sen have been blacklisted.” Will the decision be revoked if Sen apologises? Yagnik said, “That I can’t say because, as of now, he has not apologised.”
Sen had made the remarks during his performance at IIT-B’s annual festival Mood Indigo on Saturday in front of more than 10,000 students from over 800 colleges across India.
Presenting his popular song dhoom pichak dhoom, he had asked the crowd, “Are there beautiful women in IIT-Bombay?” Sen had allegedly asked the question thrice and boys from IIT-B and outside had replied in the negative, leaving the girls present feeling humiliated.
Sen had said, “IITians should not be too heartbroken because they will get the best girls in the market once they’re out. Aur who tumhare liye roti belengi (They will make rotis for you).”
The girls’ outrage became national when one of them, who was present at the event, wrote a blog post on it, which went viral on Monday. The girls had demanded an apology from the singer and the festival organisers, besides seeking a ban on Euphoria and Sen at IIT-B and other campuses across India.