District admn begins inquiry into caste-based discrimination case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mandi
  • Updated: Nov 09, 2014 22:11 IST

District administration started an inquiry into the alleged caste-based discrimination that occurred in Government Primary School Murah of Seraj segment of the district.

Earlier, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), New Delhi, while taking cognizance of the issue, had written to Mandi deputy commissioner to inquire into the incident and submit a report, which is to be heard in the NHRC special hearing on November 28 and 29 at Chandigarh.

Notable that People's Campaigning for Socio, Economic and Equity in Himalayas (PCSEEH), a non government organisation taking up the untouchability issues in educational institutions have reported the matter to NHRC, New Delhi in June.

PCSEEH convener Balak Ram, while giving detail of the past incident, said Murah school staff, while celebrating its golden jubilee function on June 23 had served community lunch separately to Dalit and upper caste students and people invited to attend the common feast during the function.

Balak said after PCSEEH intervening, police registered a case under section 3 of Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Prevention of Atrocity Act at police station Aut on June 26, but nothing concrete came out since then.

Balak said the PCSEEH exposed and informed a number of cases of government schools authorities of providing lunch to Dalit students after serving upper-class students and Dalit students are made to sit in separate rows but the state government, education department and police seemed to be less interested in such type of discriminations and violation of human rights and never initiated action and that is why PCSEEH approached NHRC, New Delhi for justice.

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