Thursday, January 21, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Villagers stop mid-day meal cooked by Dalit women

Villagers stop mid-day meal cooked by Dalit women

Kendrapara (Orissa), Jan 21 (PTI) The mid-day meal (MDM) in a
government primary school in Orissa's Kendrapara district was stopped
after a section of villagers registered their protest allegedly
against the food being cooked by women of a particular caste.

MDM was stopped at Sidha Marichani primary school at Sanamarichapalli
village in Rajnagar tehsil yesterday. Some members of the Village
Education Committee (VEC) made their way to the school kitchen and
forced the cooks to stop cooking the noon meal, officials said today.

Two Dalit cooks were reportedly locked up inside the kitchen for over
an hour before the school headmaster rescued them, they said.

Meanwhile, Maa Ambika women self-help group, running MDM in the
school, expressed unwillingness to shoulder noon meal responsibility.
A complaint has been lodged in this regard by the SHG before the
Rajnagar block officials.

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