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FIR against CBSE textbook publisher who defined '36-24-36' as best female body shape

Saturday April 15, 2017 10:15 PM, & Agencies


New Delhi:
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Saturday registered an FIR against a publisher following complaints over a Class XII CBSE Physical Education textbook saying that "36-24-36" is the best figure for females.

The case has been registered under Section 6 of the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act, 1986, according to ANI.

CBSE, however, clarified that it "does not recommend any books by private publishers in its schools".

The Board also set up a committee that mentioned in a release that the Class XII curriculum of physical education is designed to meet certain objectives which promote health and fitness among youth.

It also found that the publisher and the author have committed criminal misconduct by publishing and selling these books to the students in connivance with some schools and in the process.

The textbook titled 'Health and Physical Education' by Dr V.K. Sharma is published by New Saraswati House (India) Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi.

"36-24-36 shape of females is considered the best. That is why in Miss World or Miss Universe competitions, such type of shape is also taken into consideration," read an excerpt from the chapter "Physiology and Sports".

Various Twitter users shared picture of the mentioned text and demanded that the publishers withdraw the content and schools replace the book in their curriculum.

In a statement, the CBSE said, "Schools are expected to exercise extreme care while selecting books of private publishers and the content must be scrutinised to preclude any objectionable content that hurts the feeling of any class, community, gender, religious group. Schools have to take responsibility of the content of the books prescribed by them."

This, however, is not the first incident about improper content being found in textbooks taught in CBSE schools in recent months.

Excerpts from a class IV environmental science textbook that suggested students to "kill a kitten" as part of an experiment had gone viral on social media, forcing the publisher to withdraw it from the market last month.

Similarly, a class XII Sociology book cited "ugliness" and physical disability of a girl as reasons behind the dowry issue prevalent in the country.

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