After uproar, Chhattisgarh government withdraws ‘working women’ chapter from textbook

After a huge uproar, BJP ruled Chhattisgarh government has reportedly decided to withdraw a chapter from its class X social science textbook, which cited that ‘working women are one of the causes of unemployment in the country’.

After uproar, Chhattisgarh government withdraws ‘working women’ chapter from book

The controversial chapter was in a textbook published by the Chhattisgarh Board of Secondary Education said. The chapter on economic problems and challenges in the textbook explains that the percentage of unemployment after independence increased as women in all sectors started working.

A young teacher Soumya Garg in tribal Jashpur district had confronted the government over the issue and petitioned the state women’s commission.

Speaking to the daily, Garg had questioned whether the percentage of unemployment was measured on parameters that kept only men in mind. She also said that women had as much right to jobs as men.

Garg has, however, not received any reply from the women’s commission to the letter she had written a month ago. A women’s commission member had told the daily that she would personally write to Chief Minister Raman Singh and Education Minister Kedar Kashyap to consider the matter.