Jaipur, May 15 -- The Rajasthan government on Tuesday announced that a picture of 'jauhar' (a practice of mass self-immolation by women to escape enslavement) has been removed from Class 8 textbooks of the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education.

The English textbook has a picture of several burning pyres depicting mass self-immolation by women. The education minister said the revised books will be made available from next academic session.

Announcing the decision, state education minister Govind Singh Dotasara said, "The picture depicted on the book cover said that our sisters, mothers and daughter take birth to observe Jauhar. What are we trying to teach our daughters? Are we trying to teach what is prohibited as per law?"

However, form...