FIR against author of book with ‘36-24-36 female figure’

The CBSE said it had received several complaints earlier this month over the book stating that “36-24-36 is the best figure for females”.

Written by Abhishek Angad | New Delhi | Published: April 16, 2017 3:14 am

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Delhi Police have registered an FIR against the author and publisher of a book for Class XII, titled Health and Physical Education, after the CBSE lodged a complaint against them for “indecent depiction of women and misrepresenting the syllabus prescribed by the CBSE”.

The CBSE said it had received several complaints earlier this month over the book stating that “36-24-36 is the best figure for females”.

The case was registered at Preet Vihar police station on April 14 under the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986 along with relevant IPC sections. “We will call the book’s author and publisher for investigation,” said DCP (east) Omvir Singh Bishnoi.

CBSE spokesperson Rama Sharma said the board has set up a committee of experts to review the contents of the book. “The shape, size, figure have been inappropriately described and are not in consonance with the spirit of the syllabus. The author has written out of context, the textbook is not as per the syllabus, as is being claimed by the publisher/author. The publisher and the author have committed criminal misconduct by publishing and selling these books to students in connivance with some schools,” said Sharma.

She added that the publisher has caused wrongful loss of reputation, goodwill and credibility of the CBSE.

The CBSE, in a press release, also clarified that the Class XII curriculum of Physical Education is designed to meet certain objectives that promote health and fitness among youth. The curriculum includes topics such as sports and nutrition, yoga and lifestyle, physiology, psychology, training and sports.

“The board neither subscribes to nor encourages irrelevant, sexist or derogatory references to any gender, specially women. The CBSE does not recommend books by any private publishers to the affiliate schools. Rule 15.1 (d) of the Affiliation-bye-laws of the Board clearly states that the schools will follow the syllabus on the basis of curriculum prescribed by NCERT/CBSE and textbooks published by NCERT or CBSE as far as practicable,” the CBSE said.

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  1. K
    k basu
    Apr 19, 2017 at 2:24 am
    Bloody country has gone bat . What about hollywood and bollywood movies and billboards depicting voluptuous women. What about all the ography on the internet. All the CBSE had to do was have the sentence blacked out because it was inappropriate for XII cl students. I am sure the boys in xII are secretly looking at more hot stuff.
    1. S
      Apr 16, 2017 at 3:31 pm
      What gross abuse of law . It is wrong to describe what has been stated as indecent representation of women.
      1. J
        Jagannath Sharma
        Apr 16, 2017 at 3:53 am
        Not just the author, the Editorial and other committees' members also need to be questioned and punished. Clearly, there has been abdication of responsibility/shirking of work by many who are supposed to review the m cript.