Row Over ‘defaming’ Of Tribal Women In Q&a Book | Surat News

Surat: A controversy erupted on Saturday over alleged derogatory words written about tribal women in a question-answer reference book. Later in the day, the publisher of the book issued a written apology and promised to withdraw the printed copies from market.
Meanwhile, a group of tribal people from Tapi district decided not to start the protest while another tribal group from Navsari said that they would continue the protest.
On Saturday, messages with images of the book, ‘Kautilya Prashna Samput’ — meant for BA second year (semester four) published by R Jamnadas and Co of Ahmedabad — went viral. Photos of a specific paragraph in which the alleged objectionable words were written, were widely shared on social media. “The comments were shocking and were unacceptable. We consulted our leaders and the tribal community was about to lodge police complaints against the publisher at multiple police stations,” said Romel Sutariya, a tribal leader.
According to him, before they started the agitation the publisher issued an apology and declared to withdraw the book from circulation. “Since the publisher has announced to withdraw the book from circulation, we will not start the agitation,” added Sutariya.
But another tribal leader from Navsari announced to continue the protest and demanded strict action against the publisher. “The publishing house should be banned. We cannot let go of anyone who makes such comments and then apologises,” said Dr Pankaj Patel, a member of the juvenile justice board in Navsari.
“We will submit a memorandum to the authorities in Vansda and Navsari on Monday and demand that the publisher be banned. The government also needs to take action,” said Patel.

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