On April 12, the whole nation was took by shock when the images of class 12 physical education book referring '36-24-36' as the best female body went viral. Taking strict action against this CBSE (Central board of Secondary Education) filed an FIR against the publisher under Section 6 (indecent representation of women (Prohibition) Act 1986).
After the images went viral CBSE issued a statement stating "CBSE does not recommend books by any private publishers to the affiliate schools. Rule 15.1 (d) of the Affiliation-bye-laws of the Board clearly states that the school will follow the syllabus on the basis of curriculum prescribed by NCERT/CBSE and textbooks published by NCERT or CBSE as far as practicable."
After setting a committee and reviewing contents of the books, the board said:
- The female figure in the book has been described inappropriately which is not according to the spirit of the syllabus.
- In fact, the text is out of context of the syllabus irrespective of the claims made by the author of the book.
- On behalf of author and publisher it is a criminal offense as they have sold these books to the students by getting involved with some schools.
- The author and publisher have caused the wrongful loss of reputation, goodwill and credibility of the CBSE.