Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi wrote to Union Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday to take action against the contents of a book for second-year BSc students containing “derogatory” comments about women.
In her letter, Chaturvedi said that “Textbook of Sociology for Nurses,” written by TK Indrani, describes the merits and benefits of the dowry system. She said one of the so-called benefits of the dowry system, as detailed in the book, states: “Because of the burden of the dowry, many parents have started educating their girls. When the girls are educated or even have a job , the demand for dowry will be less. This is an indirect benefit.”
According to the book, “ugly girls can be married off with an attractive dowry to good or ugly looking guys”.
“It is appalling how such derogatory and problematic texts continue to circulate. That a textbook detailing the merits of dowry could actually feature in our curriculum is an embarrassment to the nation and its constitution, she said in the letter.
“It is extremely unfortunate that we have such outdated ideas, despite the fact that dowry is a criminal act. More worryingly, students are exposed to such regressive content and no action has been taken so far, she added.
She said the distribution of such “regressive textbooks” should be immediately stopped and removed from the curriculum, and strict measures should be taken to ensure that such anti-feminine content is not taught or promoted in the future.
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