The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) in Karnataka has come under criticism for using derogatory language towards women in an examination question paper recently. In the Kayachikitsa paper of the fourth year BAMS exam, held on June 15, students were asked to write an essay on “Female as a Vajikaran Dravya” or Woman as an aphrodisiac.
The controversial question soon faced criticism online for being anti-feminine and problematic. Posting the question paper online, a Twitter user highlighted excerpts from BAMS textbooks where women are referred to as “erotic items” and “baby-making factories”.
everyone PLZ look at this theory question
asked for final year graduate in ayurveda degree
write short essay on question
“Woman as a Fetish”
In the next tweet I will show the textbook which is made for the students of Ayurveda to read and answer this question… pic.twitter.com/jTsz7DVzIw
— the liverdock (@theliverdr) 16 June 2022
After the controversy, RGUHS said that the question paper was prepared on the basis of the syllabus approved by the government. “These are things taught in the textbook and are one of the methods of healing. The university has no right to add or remove the contents of the textbook as it was prescribed by the Central Council for Indian Medicine,” Ramakrishna Reddy, Registrar (Evaluation), RGUHS was quoted as saying by a leading news daily.
Last year, the CBSE Class 10 English question paper created an uproar for being highly anti-feminist. The controversial passage of women’s freedom to be the main cause of a variety of “social and family problems”. It states that “wives stopped obeying their husbands” and this was the main reason for undisciplined children and servants. The passage further states that by bringing the man “down from his seat, the wife and mother deprive themselves, in fact, of the means of discipline.”
In the question paper, students were asked to comment on the tone of the passage, with one of the options being “the author is a malevolent pig”.
After the uproar, the controversial passage was removed from the paper by CBSE for “not being in accordance with the Board’s guidelines regarding setting up of question papers”, the board assigned number 1 to all question papers to ensure uniformity. Full marks declared. in awarding points.
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