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Caste Discrimination: Separate Water Pot For Dalit Teacher In Gujarat

You are a teacher belonging to the Valmiki community. Do not drink water from the pitcher of ‘savarna' (upper caste) teachers

Caste Discrimination: Separate Water Pot For Dalit Teacher In Gujarat
REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE/TIMES OF INDIA
According to a report published by times of india. It’s 2019 but we are still following the rules and regulations which were formed by an orthodox society. It is said that a school is the one place where children are taught new things and how to keep open mind so that when they grow up they aren't held back by things like religion, caste, class, colour.

But what if they learn discrimination from the school itself?

In a shocking case, a 46-year-old dalit teacher, Kanhaiyalal Baraiya, in Gujarat was served a notice as he drank water from a pitcher ‘reserved’ for three of his upper-caste collegues.

Two weeks after the dalit teacher lodged an FIR against the discrimination, he was transferred to another government school on August 28.

He lodged his FIR at the Chotila police station on August 14. Baraiya accused the principal, Mansang Rathod, of caste discrimination, criminal intimidation and inciting hatred against him. He also alleged that from the very first day, two years ago, the principal incited hatred against him, but he kept quiet in the interest of the students.

The school principal allotted two pitchers - one for me as I belong to the Valmiki community and one for the other three teachers, who hail from Koli Patel and Darbar communities,” Baraiya said in the FIR.

The principal slapped a notice on him on July 3 stating, ‘You are a teacher belonging to the Valmiki community. Do not drink water from the pitcher of ‘savarna' (upper caste) teachers.’

It's no wonder then that India has a long way to go when it comes to inclusivity.


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