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If this not gender discrimination ?

May 25, 2010



“Girls pay penalty for scoring more marks than boy”

Front page news in Today’s Times of India

Just because the girls have outstripped the boys in the marks race and have secured the top ranks the Bangalore Pre University colleges have set cut off higher percentage for them.

Is it the incentive, encouragement and motivation for girls to study hard?

“Their diligence is proving to be a curse”

Is this is the reward the girls will get for toiling day in and day out to achieve their dreams?

And the reason given for this discrimination is “Boys find it difficult to get admission in such colleges”.

If the boys want admission in the top ranking colleges they should have worked hard like the way the girls did.

The college principles are justifying their such decisions by saying that they want equal number of boys and girls in the class.

Is it the fault of girls if they have scored higher than boys?

On one side we talk about human rights/ equal opportunities, no discrimination on the basis of sex and on the other side the educated, emancipated, enlightened, educationists, role models for students are openly promoting gender discrimination.

Are we still living in the era where the girls had to sacrifice their dreams, their career, their aspirations for the boys?

10 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2010 7:54 pm

    I read the first line and I was taken a back! Havent come across such thing, atleast lately! I do not subscribe to any kind of gender biasedness!

  2. May 26, 2010 8:51 pm

    Well, it indeed is a ridiculous decision. Completely demeaning to the achievement and hard work of girls. It seems that the authorities’ seem to be taken aback by the fact that most of the good colleges will be occupied by girls. By taking such a decision, they are just putting forth the insecurity of being over powered and left behind by the women.
    Great post Anju… Keep writing… 🙂

  3. May 26, 2010 8:55 pm

    Well, there are 2 sides to every coin (just to put things in perspective). Colleges also have a reservation for girls. I have myself seen the kind of advantage girls get because of reservation in Engineering colleges because a certain %age of seats are reserved for female students.

    As for my personal opinion, there should be no bias or reservations at any point, anywhere. Those who merit admission should get admission.

  4. May 27, 2010 9:44 am

    I join you in voicing my protest.

  5. May 27, 2010 11:10 am

    Hey Anju, I slightly disagree with you here..For proper education it is absolutely necessary that gender mix is balalnced in class. Though i dont support keeping a higher cutoff for girls, i do think that some measure would have to be taken to help balance. Thirdly, I am sorry to say this but it doesn’t suit girls to raise chaos with 33% quota in Enginnering colleges and again 33% in Parliament.But still i dont support gender bias anywhere, but it should be reflected both ways i.e. no discrimination against boys as well.

  6. May 27, 2010 1:29 pm

    I was taken aback by the first line as well. Indeed, this is discriminatory and what’s more, it makes no sense from any point of view.
    Discrimination on any basis is highly unjustified.

    @BullsEye : Gender mix isn’t as important as taking good students. The best engineering colleges in the country have a boy – girl ratio 80:20, give or take a few. Reservation is highly unjustified as long as it is not based on monetary resources. If a person is poor and deserving, there should be adequate reservations or other means to provide education to them. Otherwise, be it gender or caste or religion, reservation is not required, nor is it justified.

  7. May 28, 2010 7:41 pm

    “On one side we talk about human rights/ equal opportunities, no discrimination on the basis of sex and on the other side the educated, emancipated, enlightened, educationists, role models for students are openly promoting gender discrimination.”

    This part was the best.

    It’s an awkward and dismal truth that we still do live in an age where discrimination on the basis of gender in rampant, and what’s more pitiable is that instead of curbing these malices, the authorities concerned are elevating them, providing lame pretexts and justifications.
    What’s funny is that the same people who make sweet talks against discrimination and make their followers shout attractive slogans, indulge in exploiting the very fact.

  8. June 3, 2010 4:57 pm

    Shocking and sad. Here girls are doing house work along with studying, to prepare for their future as ‘paraya dhans’ and ‘ghar ki izzat’ and they are being reminded that no matter what their final goal is to get married and stay married, and if they are still managing to score better than boys, instead of lending them all support possible, some people are discouraging them.

  9. March 31, 2012 2:00 pm

    this is our country and v are proud to be an Indian.. where v are not respected.. where v do not have equal rites..where v do not have our liberty….

  10. September 14, 2012 12:02 pm

    Is this for real? That is ridiculous! Obviously intelligence is not a priority to them.

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