Friday, February 12, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Students boycott classes over Dalit women cooking meals

Students boycott classes over Dalit women cooking meals


At least 100 upper caste students have boycotted classes in a
government school here after their parents allegedly objected to Dalit
women cooking mid-day meal.

The students of government-run primary school in Sanamarichapalli
village have stayed away from classes since Tuesday after officials of
the tehsil, block and the school and mass education department failed
to convince their parents.

Moreover, there was also a drop in attendance of Dalit students with
hardly 30 turning up for classes, school teachers said.

The trouble started on January 19 when a section of villagers stopped
the preparation of meals by Dalit women and locked them up.

While the upper castes were opposed to Dalit women cooking the mid-day
meals for students, others wanted the practice to continue, official
sources said.

Police have arrested a member of local village education committee.

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