The Kerala government will create awareness among school students against body shaming and consider including it in the education curriculum, State General Education Minister V Sivankutty said on Sunday.
The minister said that body shaming was a heinous act and there are many who have lost their minds, being victims of it.
In a Facebook post, Sivankutty said that someone had commented on her photo asking her to reduce her tummy.
“She had responded by saying that body shaming is a hateful act. No matter what the explanation is, body shaming sentences are the worst. It’s said in a loving way. This happens in our society on many levels. There there are many among us who have lost heart, being victims of body shaming,” said Sivankutty.
He shared the experience of one of his friend’s brothers, a student at the school, who had to face discrimination because of his color. Later, the boy complained to the teachers and the other students turned against him. The minister said the boy had to change schools and suffered a lot of trauma.
“I repeat, we should put an end to body shaming. Let’s be modern people,” said the minister.
“We are going to discuss how this awareness can be incorporated into the educational curriculum. Simultaneously, we are going to discuss how to deal with such situations during teacher training programmes,” said Sivankutty.
The minister, in his Facebook post, said he will speak to the boy who suffered discrimination and ask his family to give him confidence. He emphasized that what is important is not color or wealth, but ideals such as kindness of heart.”