Dalits shouldn’t be feeding us, Manu defines India !
Several upper-caste children have allegedly refused midday meals prepared by Dalit cooks in an Andhra school, sparking fears that one of UPA’s key welfare schemes could be turning into a platform to perpetuate caste prejudices.
The authorities of the Zilla Parishad School at Sundaragiri in Karimnagar ‘ slain Maoist leader Kishan’s home district ‘ have alleged that the children turning down the food are being goaded by their elders, including some village heads.
“Initially, the children complained that the quality of the food was poor. Now, they have raised the bogie of Dalit women cooks,” the headmaster said on the condition of anonymity.
Food isn’t the only problem. Dalits have been banned from social ceremonies in Sundaragiri for years.
In school, the bias has shown up elsewhere, too. “Upper-caste children are reluctant to sit with Dalit students on the same desks and stand in line for prayers with them,” said another teacher.
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