Wednesday, September 7, 2011

[ZESTCaste] 25 of 29 failed students were Dalits, admits college

25 of 29 failed students were Dalits, admits college
PTI | 06:09 PM,Sep 06,2011

Kanpur, Sep 6 (PTI) Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Medical College here,
where three students attempted suicide after failing in an examination
last week claiming that they were deliberately failed by the teacher
because they were from a "lower caste", today admitted that most of
the failed students belonged to the Dalit community. "25 out of the 29
failed students belong to Dalit community," Anand Swaroop, principal
of the college, said, adding that parents of these students are learnt
to have approached CSJM University here seeking re-checking of their
answer sheets. Three students of the college -- Shobhit, Sanjeev and
Vivek -- had attempted suicide by consuming poison on September 2
after they failed in their Biochemistry exam. The issue took a
casteist turn after the aggrieved students and their families blamed
two lecturers of the college for making casteist remarks against them,
following which the college administration constituted a committee to
probe the allegations. Swaroop asserted that although the entire case
smells foul, no conclusion should be drawn until the probe is over.He
also assured stern action against those found involved in carrying out
casteist acts.

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