After the students of sociology at a college in Bengaluru were handed over study material that endorsed the dowry system, an investigation has been initiated by the officials into the matter.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) of St Joseph's College of Arts and Commerce, Kiran Jeevan said, "The matter is being investigated and we are trying to find the root of the problem. Such views have never been part of the college syllabus. In fact, the department and the college are opposed to such obscurantist and oppressive patriarchal views as are contained in the page cited."
The matter came into limelight after a female student of the college found a page which stated that “Generally, though accepted as an evil practice, dowry has its supporters, under the caption 'Advantages of Dowry’”. Without wasting much time, she shared a photo of the page on the social networking site Facebook.
One of the lines written in the book stated, "The marriage of ugly girls who would otherwise have gone without a partner is made possible by offering heavy amount of dowry.”
"It is a useful and effective method of attracting good, handsome and sometimes unwilling boys for marriage," the book further stated.
The probe has been ordered into the matter.