May 20, 2018

Constable candidates labelled with caste tags insult to SC/STs: Ramdas Athawale

02 May 2018, 12:54 | Rufus Hill

Congress President Rahul Gandhi

Congress President Rahul Gandhi

The shocking incident came to light from Madhya Pradesh where a recruitment has been done on the basis of castes.

Several candidates appearing for a medical test for constable's post in Dhar allegedly had "SC" written on their chests in a bid to identify them according to their castes.

As per norms, a candidate belonging to the general category, OBC and SC need to be 168 cm in height to be eligible for recruitment, while the physical measurement of ST candidates should be 160 cm.

He added: "This is the BJP-RSS mindset".

In the image, candidates could be seen standing with their castes being marked on chest. Dhar's Superintendent of Police Veerendra Singh condemned the incident and has reportedly ordered an inquiry into the matter and clarified that no competent authority gave any instruction to mention the caste of a candidate on his chest.

"However, they should have used other ways to differentiate them".

His tweet further reads this is the mindset of BJP/RSS which saw pitchers hung on Dalits' necks, brooms tied to their body and their entry denied to temples and we have to defeat this mindset. "By writing SC/ST on the chests of youth in MP, (BJP) has attacked the constitution", Gandhi said in a Tweet in Hindi. "This is a serious matter", the SP said. Mayawati also questioned the "silence" of top leaders including the prime minister on the issue. "Those found guilty will be punished", he said.

BSP Supremo Mayawati said "Does it suit the BJP and company, and the prime minister himself, to remain silent, (and) not to condemn such an incident..."

"The BJP needs to realise that besides self-respect, Dalits are also vigilant towards their interests and will never fall into the trap of anyone's allurements", she said.

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