Working Women Cause Of Unemployment, Says Chhattisgarh School Textbook

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NEW DELHI -- The Class-X social-science textbook in Bharatiya Janata Party's Chhattisgarh reportedly says that ""working women are one of the causes of unemployment" in India.

Soumya Garg, a 24-year-old teacher from the tribal Jashpur district, has petitioned the Chhattisgarh State Commission for Women against the content, The Times Of India reported.

"Does it mean that percentage of unemployment is measured on parameters keeping only men in mind? In the age of technology and gender equality, students can't be taught about such prejudices. Women have equal right over jobs with men." She had filed a complaint with women commission about a month ago but is yet to get a reply," she told the newspaper.

In a chapter on economic challenges in the Hindi-language textbook, it is explained that percentage of unemployment after independence has increased as women in all sectors have started working, TOI reported.

"Commission will acknowledge the issue immediately and agreeing on the objection, I would personally write to chief minister and minister for education to consider the matter. Women are integral part of human resources in today's age who are equally competent to men. They can't be held responsible for unemployment in country," said Harshita Pandey, women's commission member.

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