Following social media uproar over alleged pro-dowry study material in its Sociology course, St Joseph’s College has issued a statement that no teachers had made any ‘pro-dowry’ statements in the classroom.
Earlier this week, a Facebook user uploaded a picture of the study material, claiming that it was from the Sociology textbook of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) course from St Joseph’s.
The said picture listed the perceived ‘Advantages of Dowry’ that include ‘marriage of ugly girls’ and ‘increased status of women, among others.
The college said it had discussed the issue with students of the fifth semester of the Sociology course, teachers and the head of the department.
It emerged from the enquiry that no teacher had made any pro-dowry statements, it added.
Sociology requires students to look at opposing views. “We have found that the person making the Facebook post has selectively cited extraneous material from one of the sourcebooks suggested, with no understanding of the process followed in the classroom. Besides, the specific section of the book that was posted on Facebook was never recommended by the department faculty,” the statement reads.
No student has raised this as a problem with the teacher or the HoD concerned. The institution would take representations through proper channels seriously, the statement added.
DH News Service