‘Advantages of Dowry’ leaves college red-faced

Vastavam web: Sociology lessons rarely make headlines. But a lesson on dowry from a reference book at a city college was going viral for its embarrassingly misogynistic content. Few hours of trolling later, the college has decided to pull out the reference book from its library.Comments on social-media websites expressed shock and disbelief at the study material, and some even used unkind words to describe the standard of education in the country. The lesson had detailed why certain people condone the practice, and among the reasons were that it helps “ugly girls” get husbands, young couples start “afresh”, draw “handsome boys”, “meritorious boys of poorer classes” fund their higher education, families “raise their status” by getting the daughter an entry into “high status groups” and maintain “harmony and unity in the family” by keeping daughters from asking their share in ancestral property.

At St Joseph’s College, the reference book for sociology students with a section titled ‘Advantages of Dowry’ in the lesson Dowry Menace went unnoticed till someone decided to share it online.