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‘Ugly girls can be married off’: Indian textbook lists merits of a dowry system

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  • A page purportedly from an Indian nursing textbook has gone viral for stating that “ugly looking girls can be married off with an attractive dowry.”
  • The point was from a list in the textbook regarding the “merits and advantages” of a dowry system.
  • The post warranted a response from Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Priyanka Chaturvedi, who posted an official letter to the Minister of Education urging him to remove “such regressive textbooks.”

A page from an Indian college textbook is going viral for stating that “ugly looking girls can be married off with an attractive dowry.”

The page is reportedly from “Textbook of Sociology for Nurses” by TK Indrani, and was posted on Twitter by user @chhuti_is on April 3. The image of the page shows a bullet point list of the “certain merits and advantages” of a dowry system. It states that “ugly looking girls” still had a chance at being “married off” to a “well or ugly looking [boy]” with an “attractive dowry.”