A gender-stereotypical passage of Class 10 English exam question on the disobedience of wives was flagged as deeply misogynist.
The CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education) has announced that it will drop the passage. The Board declared today amid searing outrage that reached parliament.
“The passage is not in accordance with the guidelines and has been dropped; students will be given full marks for the question”, declared the CBSE.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi had raised the issue in parliament. The passage has also gone viral on social media. It had sentences like the “emancipation of the wife destroyed the parent’s authority over the children” and that “it was only by accepting her husband’s way that a mother could gain obedience over the younger ones.”
One of the most offensive portions of the passage says, “The mother did not exemplify the obedience upon which she still tried to insist…In bringing the man down from his pedestal the wife and the mother deprived herself, in fact of the means of discipline.”
Another part said, “women gaining independence is the main reason for a wide variety of social and family problems” and if ”wives stop obeying their husbands, that is the main reason children and servants are indisciplined”.
Several parties in the parliament also labelled the passage as ‘blatantly misogynist’ and ‘disgusting’.
Besides, the Congress, members of the DMK, IUML, NCP and the National Conference staged a walkout in Lok Sabha over this issue.
Sonia Gandhi condemned what she called the ‘blatantly misogynist’ passage and demanded an apology from the Narendra Modi government.
She demanded the objectionable question be withdrawn immediately and a review must be ordered into this ‘gravest lapse’.