Non-vegetarians beware! “Your food causes you to easily cheat, tell lies, forget promises, be dishonest, steal and commit sex crimes,” according to a Class VI book, ‘New Healthway: Health, Hygiene, Physiology, Safety, Sex Education, Games and Exercises’, brought out by S. Chand publishers who print textbooks for several hundred schools in the country.

That is not all. The book (on Page 56) further says: “It is the waste products which largely contribute to the flavour of meat.”

While the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has washed its hands of the book and the issue, its chief Vineet Joshi said: “This is not a Board-recommended book. Schools are allowed to select their own text books according to the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) syllabus till Class VIII. We are looking into this matter.”

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