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#Generalization: Academic apologizes for refusing internship to Indian student over "Rape Culture"

A Germany university professor has apologized after she refused an internship to an Indian student because of the abuse suffered by women in the country.

Responding to an email application by the unnamed student, Leipzig University Professor Annette Beck-Sickinger said: “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 friends in my group, so I think this attitude is something that I cannot support.”

When the applicant protested at her "generalization", Professor Sickinger, admitted that her views "may not apply to individuals" but said she was dismayed that "Indian society is not able to solve this problem for many years now.”

She adds that the rejection of male Indian students for internships was practiced by “many female German professors”.

When confronted by the Huffington Post India, Professor Sickinger apologized for the "misunderstanding" and insisted that the email was "taken out of context".

She reportedly stated that her lab was full and that this had led to an “unpleasant discussion” with one student.



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