Almost a month after he wrote a Facebook post announcing plans to write a novel titled “The Vixen of Stephenville” and then deleted it, St Stephen’s College principal Valson Thampu has now said he was underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. When contacted by The Indian Express, Thampu said he was “clowning” to entertain a “bored society”.
The statement was made by Thampu on Wednesday after a meeting with the Delhi Commission for Women in connection with the sexual harassment case of a woman PhD scholar. On being asked by a reporter of a TV channel on what was discussed in the meeting, Thampu ignored the question, choosing instead to scream “Main Dawood Ibrahim hoon (I am Dawood Ibrahim)” twice at the camera.
Asked by The Indian Express why he made the statement, Thampu said he felt his situation was worse than Ibrahim’s. He, however, added that he was “clowning” in order to provide “masala” to the media.
“I said that because my predicament is worse than Dawood Ibrahim. No other person has been systematically and persistently hounded like I have been in the last eight years. I chose to compare myself to Dawood Ibrahim because he is the ultimate symbol of what is completely unacceptable. There is no one more hated,” said Thampu. He said he decided to scream those words at the camera because he thought the reporter was “frustrated from the lack of scoop” and needed some “masala”.
Thampu, however, said he “liked” being hounded by the media, as it was one of the “major contemporary sports”. “I have no problem in being hounded, in fact I quite like it. I want the media and me to be partners in the public service of mass producing entertainment to mitigate the suffering of a society languishing in boredom,” he said.
Thampu’s comments come in the context of him being accused of shielding a professor of the college accused of sexual harassment.