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Ugly Girls Have to Pay More Dowry: Maharashtra Sociology Textbook

Thousands of class 12 students have used the particular textbook over 2 years to prepare for state board exams.

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The state education board of Maharashtra apparently thinks ugliness is a reason to demand more dowry as it “becomes very difficult for her to get married”.

The insensitive lines in a 12 grade Sociology textbook say ugliness of the girl is a reason for the bridegroom’s family to demand more dowry, reported Hindustan Times.

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If a girl is ugly and handicapped, it becomes very difficult for her to get married. To marry her, the girl’s bridegroom and his family demand more dowry. The helpless parents of such girls are then forced to pay up…
12 grade Sociology textbook

Over the last two years, thousands of students used the book to prepare for the Higher Secondary Certificate board examinations.

“When I first read the chapter on dowry, I was shocked. How can they write such things in a board textbook?” asked a Bandra college professor on the condition of anonymity.

She said that professors tend to avoid going over that particular section in the classrooms as even the students have called the chapter rubbish.

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