CBSE files an FIR against author, publisher for ‘sexist’ text in books!

By: Admin 20 April, 2017

The Central Board of Secondary Education or CBSE has filed a police case against the author and the publisher of the textbook, Health and Physical Education, that has termed the text "36-24-36 shape of females is considered to be the best". CBSE says the textbook has not been prescribed by them, and the text is "indecent depiction of women and misrepresenting the syllabus prescribed by CBSE". The board also stated it has no association with the objectionable contents and indecent references to women in the book.

 

Highlights
  • CBSE has filed a police case against the author and the publisher of the textbook, Health and Physical Education, VK Sharma and Delhi-based New Saraswati House.
  • The text in the book says, "36-24-36 shape of females is considered to be the best" and "the V shape body in case of males is considered the best."
  • Education Minister Prakash Javdekar has condemned the sexist remark and said the book "mentions unmentionables about women."
  • The CBSE said that it does not recommend books by any private publishers to affiliate schools.
  • “The publisher has caused wrongful loss of reputation, goodwill and credibility of CBSE," contended the board.

Authored by VK Sharma and published by Delhi-based New Saraswati House, the book says that "even Miss World and Miss Universe beauty pageants take the 36-24-36 body shape into consideration while judging their contestants". For men, it says "the V shape body in case of males is considered the best."

There has been huge outrage after the textbook's contents went viral on social media. Education Minister Prakash Javdekar has condemned the sexist remark and said the book "mentions unmentionables about women." The CBSE said that it does not recommend books by any private publishers to affiliate schools. The book of the private publisher was recommended by the schools themselves and the contents of the book are not compliant with the prescribed CBSE syllabus, said a statement by the board.

 

"The publisher and the author have committed criminal misconduct by publishing and selling these books to the students in connivance with some schools. In the process, the publisher has caused wrongful loss of reputation, goodwill and credibility of CBSE," contended the board.

 

This isn't the first time the CBSE has been caught in such a controversy. In the past, too, among many such examples, one of the books for Class 6 said meat-eaters cheat, lie and commit sex crimes.

 

 

This article has been taken from NDTV’s website. Read the original here.