The Central Board of Secondary Education, or CBSE, declared today that a very misogynist Class 10 English exam question on "women' disobedience," which had been categorised as deeply misogynist, will be eliminated.
The CBSE, or Central Board of Secondary Education, announced today that a profoundly misogynist Class 10 English exam question on "disobedience of wives," which had been marked as deeply misogynist, will be dropped.
The passage has been removed since it does not comply with the norms, students will receive full marks for the question, the CBSE announced seconds after Congress President Sonia Gandhi addressed it in parliament.
The text, which has gone viral on social media, included phrases like "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".
"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," read one of parts the flagged passage.
Another part said, "women gaining independence is the main reason for a wide variety of social and family problems'' and if ''wives stops obeying their husbands, that is the main reason children and servants are indisciplined''.
The passenger was described as "blatantly misogynist" and "disgusting" by many members of parliament.
The DMK, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), and the National Conference, led by the Congress, staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha over the issue.
Sonia Gandhi, the Congress president, highlighted the issue, calling the provision "blatantly misogynist" and seeking an apology from the Narendra Modi government.
She demanded that the offensive question be removed immediately and that an investigation into what caused the "gravest lapse" be ordered.
In a tweet, Rahul Gandhi, her son and a Congress leader called the passage "downright disgusting" and said such actions are "typical RSS-BJP ploys to crush the morale and future of the youth."
"Most CBSE papers so far were too difficult and the comprehension passage in the English paper was downright disgusting. Typical RSS-BJP ploys to crush the morale and future of the youth. Kids, do your best. Hard work pays. Bigotry doesn't," Mr Gandhi additionally wrote.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tore up the question paper as well. "Unbelievable! Are we really teaching children this drivel? Clearly the BJP Government endorses these retrograde views on women, why else would they feature in the CBSE curriculum," she tweeted.