Sunday, October 17, 2004

Mid-day meal cooked by dalit leads to tension in UP

The boycott of the mid-day meal prepared by a dalit woman by over 100 school children of a particular community, has lead to caste tension in a village near Modinagar, official sources said on Sunday.

The children of government primary school in village Magla Moosa refused to eat the food provided under the mid-day meal plan of Uttar Pradesh government during the last week as it was cooked by a dalit woman, Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Modinagar, SSV Ranga Rao said.

The matter came to light after an inspection team of state education department visited the school for supplying the meal.

District Magistrate Santosh Kumar Yadav has directed police to maintain law and order in the village and also directed the SDM to probe the matter.

Gopi, husband of the dalit woman, said it would a "great insult" of dalits if his wife is stopped from preparing the meal.

Source: Hindustan Times, October 17, 2004


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