University of Leipzig
The main campus building of the University of Leipzig (R) and the Gewandhaus concert hall (L) at Augustus Platz reflect on water in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on May 23, 2013. A professor at the Leipzig University has apologized after denying an Indian male student an internship due to his country's "rape problem".Getty Images

A professor at the Leipzig University in Germany has apologised after denying an Indian male student an internship due to his country's "rape problem".

The professor, Annette Beck-Sickinger, offered an apology after her email refusing the student an internship surfaced over social media.

In the email, Beck-Sickinger said she did not, "accept any Indian male students for internships [due to] the rape problem in India.

"I have many female friends in my group, so I think this attitude is something I cannot support."

The unidentified student replied to the professor requesting the reasoning behind her, "painful generalisations [and] hurtful words," reported The Times of India.

Disappointed by the incident, Germany's ambassador to India, Michael Steiner, wrote a letter to the professor, "strongly disapproving of her discriminating generalisations against male Indian students."

The professor in turn apologised in a statement published on the German embassy website saying: "I have made a mistake. I sincerely apologise to everyone whose feelings I have hurt."

The incident has sparked outrage on social media with one user criticising BBC's documentary, India's Daughter, for encouraging his country to be wrongfully branded as a nation of rapists.