Taking tough stance over publisher who defined -36-24-36 as best female body in a physical education book, the Central board of Secondary Education has filed an FIR against the publisher.
Drawing criticism over the text, the CBSE issued a statement on the issue, saying that it has not prescribed the book.
The book titled “Health and Physical Education” written by Dr VK Sharma and published by Delhi-based New Saraswati House, is taught at various schools affiliated to CBSE.
While CBSE only recommends books published by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), certain books from private publishers are also taught in schools affiliated to it.
“36-24-36 shape of females is considered the best. That is why in Miss World or Miss Universe competitions, such type of shape is also taken into consideration,” read the excerpt from the chapter “Physiology and Sports” which has gone viral.
Various Twitter users had shared picture of the mentioned text and had demanded that the publishers withdraw the content and schools replace the book in their curriculum.
Several calls and text messages to CBSE spokesperson seeking comment on the issue went unanswered.
This, however, is not the first incident about improper content being found in textbooks taught in CBSE schools in recent months.