Chapter 2

NCERT
Class 9
Political Science
Solutions
9. Read the following extract from a conduct book for ‘married women’, published in 1912. ‘God has made the female species delicate and fragile both physically and emotionally, pitiably incapable of self-defense.

Question:

Read the following extract from a conduct book for ‘married women’, published in 1912. ‘God has made the female species delicate and fragile both physically and emotionally, pitiably incapable of self-defense. They are destined thus by God to remain in male protection – of father, husband and son – all their lives. Women should, therefore, not despair, but feel obliged that they can dedicate themselves to the service of men.” Do you think the values expressed in this paragraph reflected the values underlying our constitution? Or does this go against constitutional values?

Answer:

No, the values expressed in this para do not reflect the values underlying our constitution because it goes against the values of the constitution. In the given paragraph women are shown as weak, fragile and unequal who should only serve men and stay under their protection. While the constitution provides equality to both men and women in the country.

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