Chandigarh: Taking strong exception of the depiction of women in a physical education book for Class XII, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has filed an FIR against the publisher under Section 6 (indecent representation of women (Prohibition) Act 1986).
Soon after facing flak over the text which claimed 36-24-36 is the best figure for females, the Board issued a statement clarifying that the Board had not prescribed the book. The book is published by New Saraswati House (India) Pvt Ltd, New Delhi, and written by Dr VK Sharma, professor, department of physical education, DAV College, Cheeka (Kaithal) Haryana. The Board also set up a committee, which reviewed the content and said that the book is not in consonance with the spirit of the syllabus and the text in question has no context. It was mentioned in the release issued by CBSE that the Class XII curriculum of physical education is designed to meet certain objectives which promote health and fitness among youth. The curriculum includes topics among others such as sports and nutrition, yoga and lifestyle, physiology, psychology, training, bio-mechanics and sports etc. "The Board neither subscribes nor encourages irrelevant, sexist or derogatory references to any gender specially women," it read.
It was further added that "CBSE does not recommend books by any private publishers to the affiliate schools." The committee also found 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.