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Dr Shrinivas Ramchandra Siras was a professor at Aligarh Muslim University in India (and here). At age 64, he was Reader and Chair of Modern Indian Languages at the university. The university suspended him from its employ for "misonduct" and "immoral sexual acivity" in the privacy of his home, based on a video where he had been, without consent, filmed having gay sex. The university started an inquiry against him and also forced him out of his university accommodation.
The police registered the various offences committed against Dr Siras including criminal intimidation, assault, trespass and wrongful confinement only when pressure was brought upon them. Last week, upon an application by Dr Siras, the Allahabad High Court had stayed his suspension, ordered his reinstatement and the return to him of his accommodation. On 7 April, he was found dead in mysterious circumstances. He had been dead for 2-3 days apparently.
According to GayTalkRadio, the professor is reported as telling The Indian Express newspaper, which claimed that it had spoken to the professor on Monday after the ban was lifted, "I want to go to America, I want to teach Marathi. Not the literature, the language. America is the only place where I will be free to be gay." On Wednesday he was found dead at his home.
Indian gay NGOs are now circulating a petition calling on the Indian President to delve more profoundly into the case. Click here to view (and sign?) the petition.