Monday, October 18, 2004

Meal cooked by Dalit raises tension

Ghaziabad

The boycott of the mid-day meal prepared by a Dalit woman by over 100 schoolchildren of a particular community has lead to caste tension in a village near Modinagar, official sources said today.

The children of Government Primary School at Magla Moosa village refused to eat the food provided under the mid-day meal plan of the Uttar Pradesh Government during the last week as it was cooked by a Dalit woman. The SDM of Modinagar, Mr S.S.V. Ranga Rao, said.

The matter came to light after an inspection team of State Education Department visited the school for supplying the meal.azThe District Magistrate, Mr Santosh Kumar Yadav, has directed the police to maintain law and order in the village and the SDM to probe into the matter.

Source: The Tribune, October 18, 2004

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