The textbook which said that the figure 36-24-26 is best for women is in the news again, but this time because police is taking action. A case was registered at the Preet Vihar police station under the Indecent Representation of Women (Prohibition) Act 1986, in addition to which a new section has been added by the police in the FIR, 292 (circulation of obscene material) and 417 (punishment for cheating). The Delhi Police has now decided to take this case to the next level and has written to the Delhi government’s home department, asking them to stop the circulation of all these books and also to confiscate the printing press which is publishing them, according to an Indian Express report.
The report quoted sources as saying that the letter was written by the investigating officer to the home department a few days ago. He said, “As per the law, the home department has to designate someone to seize all the books as well the printing agency from where it was printed. The IO was then informed that the book, authored by Dr VK Sharma, was published by Delhi-based New Saraswati House. He also requested that an official be appointed for expediting the investigation.”
Rama Sharma, a CBSE spokesperson while talking about the matter said, “The shape, size, figure have been inappropriately described and are not in consonance with the spirit of the syllabus. The author has written out of context, the textbook is not as per the syllabus, as is being claimed by the publisher/author. The publisher and the author have committed criminal misconduct by publishing and selling these books to students in connivance with some schools,” according to the Indian Express report.
The case surfaced on April 12, when Twitter user Anuj Khurana took note of the chapter, posted a picture of the same on his personal account. The picture was from a CBSE certified textbook, titled as Health and Physical Education Textbook, according to which ‘a figure of 36-24-26 is best for a woman’. The book further states that ‘even in Miss World and Miss Universe beauty contests the body shape of 36-24-36 is taken into consideration while judging a participant.’
The book doesn’t only tell about the suitable body shape for females, it also tells about how a male should look ideally. In a section, mentioned as ‘Differences in shape’, the book tells its readers that ‘V’ body shape is considered the best. However, the report says that textbook was published by the New Saraswati House, and not the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), which usually brings out textbooks used in CBSE schools.