“Parents have to pay dowry, because their daughter is ugly” This statement in an Indian secondary school textbook sparked criticism.
According to the Hindustan Times report on February 2, demanding dowry is one of the ancient customs of Indian society. A sociology textbook published by the Maharashtra State Education Board explains this tradition: “If a girl is ugly and handicapped, it becomes very difficult for her to get married. To marry her, the girl’s bridegroom and his family demand more dowry. The helpless parents of such girls are then forced to pay up”.
Over the past two years, this textbook has been used by hundreds of thousands of high school students appearing for the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) board examinations. The audacious remarks in the book have drawn criticism from some college professors. “When I first read the chapter on dowry, I was shocked. Students call this particular chapter rubbish,” said a college professor. At present, the Education Board has not responded to this. But many Indian internet users say that the textbook tells an existing state of affair in the Indian marriages, but we do not want to face it. ▲