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Police register case against school on caste tag issue

india Updated: Jun 09, 2011 13:15 IST
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A case has been registered against the authorities of a private school here after the newly enrolled first standard students were reportedly asked to wear tags specifying caste and other details.

Police said the case was registered on recommendations from the state unit of National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribe, and DySP, Pala, was asked to submit the report to judicial first class magistrate court at Vaikom here.

The alleged action of the school authorities in tying tags specifying caste and other details of first standard students on June one, sparked protests, prompting the Kerala government to seek a report.

The inquiry ordered by the district collector held that the incident "cannot be justified" and recommended suitable action against the school authorities.

In his report, deputy director (Education) rejected as unjustifiable school authorities clarification that the tags were meant for purpose of identifying the students. He also recommended that suitable action be taken against the school.

The parents in their complaint had alleged that 82 students were made to wear the tags and a group photo was taken.

They also complained that the school tried to hush up the matter holding that the photograph of the children with tag carrying details were taken for convenience of collecting data for preparation of identity cards.