Textbooks are being used by feminist for Feminist propaganda among students in India.
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) was established in 1961, which was set up by the Government of India, with headquarters located at Sri Aurbindo Marg in New Delhi, to assist and advise the central and state governments on academic matters related to school education. The NCERT publishes textbooks for school subjects from Classes I to XII. NCERT Text-books are used in government and private schools across India that follow the CBSE curriculum. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) established in the year 1929, enjoys today the distinction of being one of the oldest and largest Board of Secondary Education in India. It has more than 16,000 affiliated schools in India and across 24 other countries of the world.
Hence the reach of NCERT Textbooks is large and feminist have used it as a vehicle for feminist propaganda.
For example in the “Social Science Social and Political Life – Ill” (ISBN 978-81-7450-825-6), A textbook for Class VIII students, which is published by the National Council of Educational Research and Training, is being used for promoting feminist view of domestic violence.
The Textbook Development Committee includes Vrinda Grover, Advocate and Feminist. It also includes members from Centre for Gender and Education, New Delhi. The Centre for Women’s Development Studies was involved in the preparation of the first ever comprehensive government report on the ‘Status of Women in India’ entitled ‘Towards Equality’ (Report of the Committee on the Status of Women in India).
The question is why we need hard core Feminist and Feminist organizations to be involved in preparation of Social Science text books. The only explanation can be presence of oblique motive to teach feminism to students in India and to rewrite textbooks with feminist views.
The book gives an idea that it is men who are perpetrator of domestic violence and women (read daughter-in-law) are the sole victims of Domestic Victims.
It is another matter:-
- That Men are also victims of Domestic violence.
- The Law is loosely/clumsily drafted and is gender biased.
- The current Act does not allow women to be charged under the law. It is only meant to protect women from violence by any man with whom they live in a “shared household”, when they are related by consanguinity, marriage, or through a relationship in the nature of marriage, adoption, or are family members living together as a joint family.
- In many cases elderly women have been misbehaved with or even tortured by their daughters-in-laws for property or other reasons. Even when the case is genuine, no action can be taken against the daughters-in-law under the current law. It provides no protection to men from domestic violence.
- The Law was a potent property grabbing tool because of the definition of `shared household’ in Section 2(s) of the Act. The Hon’ble SC had interpreted it in a way which is sensible and which does not lead to chaos in society thereby saving many from losing their properties.
The book states:-
“In 1999, Lawyers Collective, a group of lawyers, law student activists, after nation-wide consultations took the lead in drafting the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) …….
…………This draft bill was widely circulated. The definition of domestic violence should include physical, economic, sexual and verbal and emotional abuse. ………..
The law should cover any women living within a shared domesticity. They should be protected from eviction from the shared house ……………….
……………..Meetings were held with different organisations. The women’s movement want a new law on Domestic Violence. ………… This law is a very significant step because it recognises … The right of women to live in a shared household… women can get a protection order against any further violence… Women can get monetary relief to meet their expenses including medical costs Now begins another long journey. Yes, now the government has to ensure that this law is implemented and enforced.”
It may be noted Lawyers Collective accused of misappropriation of foreign funds. The Ministry of Home Affairs inspection report which has found glaring violations in the manner in which the NGO used the foreign donations received by it. Lawyers Collective received foreign contribution of Rs 32 crore between 2006 and 2014. The MHA inspection team found that a large part of the money was spent on activities which were outside the list of items for which it had been collected. Paying volunteers to organise dharnas, receiving foreign contributions while working for the government, sending foreign donations outside India, spending foreign money to lobby with parliamentarians are some of the main violations listed in the report.
Under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act 2010, an Indian NGO can spend the foreign contribution only for the purpose for which the money has been collected.
The book summarizes:-
“What is this new law? This is a civil law aimed at providing relief to millions of women, including wives, mothers, daughters and sisters affected by violence in their homes. This law is a first in recognising a woman’s right to a violence-free home and provides a comprehensive definition of domestic violence.”
The book then asks the pupils the following questions:-
- Why is this an important law?
- What do you understand by ‘domestic violence’?
- List the two rights that the new law helped achieve for women who are survivors of violence.
- Can you list one process that was used to make more people aware of the need for this law?
Clearly the above piece on Domestic Violence Act is meant to have deep imprints on tender minds.
In view of above, MRAs must make a clarion call to the government to evict all feminist from panels of Text-book committees so that they cannot use textbooks for feminist propaganda.