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Study key, not treating hubby as God: CJI

New Delhi, Dec. 5: The country’s topmost judge today emphasised that education was the only way to improve the lot of women and said girls in rural areas were merely groomed to become housewives and treat their husbands as God.

Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir said education was the right of every child now but rued the state of women’s education in India.

“Girl children in villages go to school,” Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir said, speaking at the Justice Sunanda Bhandare Memorial Lecture. “Then she is groomed how to look after the household work of somebody else. She is told that she has to remember that her husband is her patiparameshwar.”

Delivering the memorial lecture, junior HRD minister Shashi Tharoor highlighted the importance of women’s education.

“Increased schooling of mothers has a measurable impact on the health of their children, on the future schooling of the child, and on the child’s adult productivity. The children of educated mothers consistently out-perform children with educated fathers and illiterate mothers,” he said.

A girl who has had more than six years of education is better equipped to seek and use medical and health care advice, Tharoor said.

He quoted the findings of a World Bank project in Africa that established that children of women with just five years of schooling had a better survival rate of 40 per cent than children of women who have had less than five years of schooling. The minister also cited a Unesco project, which had demonstrated that giving women even just primary education decreases child mortality by five to 10 per cent.

Tharoor said in 2009-10, 17.1 per cent of all eligible males had enrolled for higher education, while the figure for women was merely 12.7 per cent.