Mandi school students face caste discrimination in front of education officials, politicians

On June 23, during golden jubilee celebrations of Government Primary School, Murah, in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, while serving “dham” (community feast), around 200 dalit students and their parents were served food away from upper-caste students and people. All this happened in the presence of some politicians and officials of education department and district administration. Around 20-30 people tried to attack a man when I was going to lodge the police complaint. Seraj Yuvak Mandal, Shikwari, president, Leela Dhar Premi, who had canned the entire episode of discrimination in his camera, too, is facing threats. “I am threatened and warned against raising the issue. This is not the first time that such discrimination has taken place in Seraj valley. In schools, dalit students are subjected to discrimination during mid-day meal but no one raises their voice for fear of the wrath from upper caste people,” he said. Dalits are complaining about police inaction, Mandi SP Mohit Chawla –Times of India

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