Dalit Cook Fired for Wrongful Appointment after Upper Caste Students refuse to eat her cooked meals
The recent incident of caste discrimination in Uttarakhand took another ugly turn after the Dalit woman who was appointed as a cook in a government school got fired from the job on Wednesday on account of ‘wrongful appointment’. Her appointment for cook had sparked a boycott of midday meals by upper-class students as norms were allegedly defied in her selection.
“Our higher authorities found some lacuna in the appointment process and cancelled the appointment of the Dalit bhojanmata. We will again start the process for this post as per norms. All children have started eating midday meal from today cooked by at college,” the Principal Prem Singh said, as reported by Hindustan Times.
Sunita Devi replaced Shakuntala Devi, an upper caste woman, as the bhojanmata on December 13. After some days, around 40 upper caste students in classes 6 to 8 — out of a total of 66 pupils — reportedly stopped eating the meals and started bringing tiffin from home. Parents of all of these students who are boycotting the midday meal claimed that the management committee and Singh had also passed a deserving upper caste candidate for the role.