The textbook, titled “Our Green World: Environment Studies”, published by PP Publications, has a lesson in which the children are instructed to kill a kitten as part of an experiment to know the difference between living and non-living beings. The publisher has withdrawn it from the market but should we blame criminals for crime when our very own foundation is weak.
Excerpt from a Class IV environmental science textbook:
“Take two wooden boxes. Make holes on the lid of one box. Put a small kitten in each box. Close the boxes. After some time open the boxes. What do you see? The kitten inside the box without the holes has died.”
This show lack of scrutiny of the curriculum taught to children and hence has attracted the ire of animal activists and education experts on social media.The publisher has tendered an apology to the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) and informed that the book has been withdrawn from the distributors.
This experiment is a part of the 4th grade curriculum in a reputed school in Delhi. WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?! pic.twitter.com/g6dwHNWqAD
— Lola Kuttiamma (@Priya_Menon) February 2, 2017
“It has come to our notice that some facts about kittens in one of the chapters in our book have not been correctly presented. We sincerely regret and condemn the same,” the letter by Parvesh Gupta, the publisher, reads.
“We have withdrawn the book from the distributors and will not sell the existing stock as well. We will not reprint the same material from the next academic year and be more careful and serious while publishing anything on pets and animals.
This. Is. Just. Unbelievable.
From a Class IV textbook on Environmental Studies. Anyone responsible for this reaching the kids desks? pic.twitter.com/NJ2FWkwO0O
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) February 9, 2017
“We assure that our content will not hurt the sentiments of students, teachers, parents and public in general and will be free from any illegal and unethical action,” he said.
This is not the only incident of such a kind. There was another incident in Pune where a Class 12 Sociology book cited “ugliness” and physical disability of a girl as a reason behind the dowry issue prevalent in the country.