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

Candidates appearing for the post of Police Constable were labelled with their respective castes on their chest during medical examinations at a district hospital in Madhya Pradesh's Dhar. The pictures show the candidates standing with their caste status written on the chests.

A shocking incident has emerged from the state of Madhya Pradesh where medical tests for police constable aspirants is being held. This thinking sometimes used to put handi around the necks of dalits, tied brooms around their bodies, did not allow them to enter temples.

People familiar with the mandatory medical examination pointed out that a candidate belonging to the general category, OBC and SC should be 168 centimetres tall. "We will defeat this ideology", Rahul said in a tweet.

Dhar Superintendent of Police Virendra Singh Sunday said he had ordered an inquiry by a deputy SP rank officer.

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati alleged that the "criminal act" was the latest example of the BJP government's "newfound love" for Dalits. She questioned the "silence" of top leaders including the prime minister on the issue.

He stated that no instructions were given to examiners for mentioning the caste of the candidates and assured that action would be taken against those found guilty, according to a Hindustan Times report. Union Minister Ramdas Athawale also condemned this incident and said that such an incident is an insult to SC/ ST.

Mayawati demanded that the officials responsible for the incident be punished while the Centre needed to issue strict orders to check recurrence of such incidents anywhere in the country.

This, they said, was done to identify one section of candidates from the other and avoid any mix-up. "The PMO should probe the incident", she added.

  • Rogelio Becker