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Maharashtra Government-approved textbook suggests Ugly or Handicapped Girls are reason for Social Evil of Dowry in India

A textbook approved by Maharashtra Government has a suggestion that physically unattractive girls are the only reason behind dowry issues

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Mumbai, Feb 3, 2017: In a shocking development, a Maharashtra government-approved textbook for class 12 suggests that ugly or handicapped girls are the reason for the social evil of dowry in the country.

The reasoning appears in the textbook of Sociology under the title, “Major Social Problems in India” prescribed for Class 12 students in the state.

Under sub-heading No 12 titled ‘Ugliness’, the paragraph proclaims: “If girl is ugly and handicapped then it becomes very difficult for her to get married. To marry such girls, the bridegroom and his family demand more dowry. Parents of such girls become helpless and pay dowry as per the demands of the bridegroom’s family. It leads to rise in the practice of dowry system.”

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Following a furore over the passage in question, Education Minister Vinod Tawde said he had discussed the matter with the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Chairman Gangadhar Mhamane.

Surprisingly, the Minister argued that the issue was nothing new and is being taught to the Class 12 students since the past three years.

He, however, appealed to all to “keep politics out of education”, while the matter was being tackled.

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Besides “ugliness” and “handicap” for a marriageable girl, the chapter has listed other factors like religion, caste system, social prestige and compensation principle, and said that “generally all people give and take dowry”.

Tawde added that the matter found “objectionable” would be placed before the concerned Board of Studies – which designs and approves the course syllabus – for its report.

After getting the report, the government will consider the next step in the issue, he said.

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Education Department officials, preferring anonymity, could not confirm off-hand if the offensive paragraphs also appear in any other languages in which the Sociology subject textbook is prescribed. (IANS)

 

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Misery of the outcast wives in India by their NRI husbands

The problem of these women is raging with no one to pay heed to their wretchedness. They have been shunned by the society and branded as ‘Outcast Wives’ in their localities.

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More than 1500 women in the Punjab state are abandoned by their NRI husbands

Chandigarh, March 09, 2017: The plight of Indian women is getting bigger with their husbands abandoning them and settling abroad. Some of these women remained unvoiced over the issue and have lost everything at the cost of marrying an NRI husband. It’s the dream of every father to marry her daughter in a reputable and wealthy family; however, such is not the case in India. The dreams of castles and greenbacks seemed to have been wrecked after the banishment of the wives by their NRI husbands. Not only are these women banished but also are being tortured, face domestic abuse and exploited financially. In the midst of such a pervasive problem, there are some social activists who are working from dawn to dusk to make these women’s lives better.

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A reporter from Newsgram, Naina Mishra contacted Ms. Amanjot Roomawalia, (daughter of minister jail Uttar Pradesh Balwant Singh Roomawalia) the head of the NGO Helping Hapless. She is helping the afflicted women retrieve from the melancholy.

A reporter from Newsgram conducting Interview with Ms. Amanjot Kaur Roomawalia

The problem of these women is raging with no one to pay heed to their wretchedness. They have been shunned by the society and branded as ‘Outcast Wives’ in their localities. With the thousands of wives outcast by their NRI husbands, it speaks nothing more than injustice and indignity we torment our women with. The state of downhearted affairs is also a foretaste of how futile the law and order is in the country.

“I see a lot of young and beautiful girls coming to me for help. Their NRI husbands have abandoned them and the girl’s parents are living a life of misery.“, said Amanjot Kaur to Newsgram.

DOWRY – A Pervasive Treat

Dowry system is rampant in Punjab state of India where the bride’s parents give a huge value of money to the groom as a condition of marriage. Copious dowry is ruinous to the marriage system in India. Parents already splurge abundant money in marriages that in the due course they are barely left with any wealth. And when the wife meets with such a tragedy, the girl’s parents become incompetent to fight in her favor post the aftermath.

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Ms. Amanjot also accentuated the matter on dowry system in India. She cited that “It is advised to the parents of the girl to do the marriages in the utmost simplicity. It is redundant to spend huge bucks on marriages and ultimately grieving at the ill fortune of the girl. I always suggest the parents not to be lured by the materialistic pleasures and marry your daughter to a strange atmosphere.”

“In spite of transferring the property in the name of groom, parents should accredit the girl child with the property instead. This will cultivate a sense of independence in the daughter.” She further added.

Loss of Dharma

As the generations are progressing there is a loss of religious values in people. Every religion has its own values, and if at all we abide by these values – it is firm that we will respect humanity in all the forms. Our dharma edifies us to carry out good deeds and paves way towards enlightening others path. Conversely, it is ethically wrong to treat bride as merely a sacrificial goat in marriages.

When asked to the charity of head about the cause of the prevalent tribulation in our culture, she emphasized on the role of Dharma in shaping of an individual by quoting “I belong to the Sikh community, and I am attached to my religious principles the most. Religion doesn’t teach you bigotry. That’s the problem with the people nowadays; the quintessence of dharma has been lost”

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Brittle Legal System

It takes years to impart justice to people plagued by the accused in our country. There are many problems which our government overlooks and does nothing to alleviate such problems. “It becomes challenging for us to talk to these NRI husbands and bring them back to India, as there are certain constraints beyond which we can’t operate. What may be unlawful in our country may not be wrong in the law of the western country.” Ms. Amanjot Kaur Roomawalia stated when asked about the provisions led by the government in the matter.

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Helping Hapless – NGO

Helping Hapless is an NGO situated in Mohali, Punjab that works for the women welfare and rescuing youth enslavement in abroad. The NGO has helped few people in bringing back to India from countries like Saudi Arabia. Several camps have also been organized in Punjab to make the people aware of the problem and listen to the despondency of such girls.

Reporting by Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Shiv Sena chief demands probe against Maharashtra ministers accused of graft

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Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray on Friday demanded a probe into the allegations of corruption against some Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers in Maharashtra’s ruling coalition.

Thackeray said in A statement that a probe must be immediately conducted to ascertain the genuineness of the allegations leveled against the ministers and if they are proved true, they must be investigated.

The Shiv Sena chief’s statement was published in the party mouthpiece Saamana on Friday and was part of a second interview in the ongoing three-part marathon annual interviews ahead of his birthday on July 27.

The concerned individuals — Women and Children Welfare Minister Pankaja Munde and Education Minister Vinod Tawde -have denied the allegations but Uddhav Thackeray has emphatically sought an independent probe into the allegations.

Thackeray, however, warned that it should not lead to a situation when somebody plays his political games and gets away with it.

“The impartial probe must unravel the truth or the lies, and if those leveling such allegations are proved wrong, then suitable action should be initiated against them,” he demanded.

In regard to the allegations faced by Pankaja Munde on ‘chikki’ scam, he said it must be probed to find out whether (she) had the authority to buy the chikkis without inviting tenders or she is being targeted by rival contractors lobby, and ascertain if the chikki supplied was of proper quality.

Other issues like the status of the Hindutva agenda, the Shiv Sena’s strong resolve to capture power next time on its own strength, allegations against some opposition leaders like NCP’s Ajit Pawar, relations between the two ruling allies (BJP-SS) and the issue of making farmers debt-free to prevent suicides were also touched upon by Thackeray.

Thackeray’s comments came in the backdrop of an ongoing agitation by the Opposition parties demanding action against the ministers facing corruption allegations during the monsoon session of the Maharashtra Legislature which is currently underway.

(With inputs from IANS)