Wednesday, April 27, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Teachers single out Dalit students

Teachers single out Dalit students
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
Posted on Apr 26, 2011 at 07:05am IST

PARADIP: Dalit students of Keutapala Primary School under Balikuda
block in Jagatsinghpur district have stopped going to school for the
last five days.

They have been allegedly singled out by the teachers and made to clean
classrooms and toilets.

The 25 students and their parents complained that they were victims of
caste discrimination by the school staff since long.

The final straw, however, was when teachers refused to serve mid-day
meals to these children.

This prompted incensed parents not to send their wards to school. "Our
children were asked to maintain distance from upper caste kids. Even
more humiliating was when cook and some teachers, who were entrusted
with providing mid-day meals, abused some Dalit children and refused
to serve them food," said Babaji Mallick, the father of a Dalit

"We are not even allowed to take water from the pot at school,"
alleged a student Barasa Mallick.

The school headmistress, Joshnarani Swain, rubbished the allegations
of discrimination.

"We have been regularly providing mid-day meals to all students," she
said. Balikuda BDO Niranjan Chanda said the school inspector and
welfare extension officer have been asked to conduct an inquiry into
the matter.

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