No to Dalit cook in school: Upper caste parents
New Delhi, Jul 15: Upper castes parents took their children out of school just because some Dalits cooked the mid day meal in the school in Uttar Pradesh.
According to CNN-IBN report, parents of the students belonging to the upper castes in Kannauj district of Uttar Pradesh had withdrawn their wards from the government schools than allowing them to have meals prepared by Dalit cooks.
"Upper caste parents are pulling their children out of school saying that they don't want them to eat food cooked by Dalits," said Virpal Singh, a school teacher to CNN-IBN.
However, appointing Dalit cooks for mid-day meal is an ambitious project of Mayawati's government to tackle the caste discrimination.
In schools have upto 25 students only one Dalit woman will be appointed but in schools have upto 100 students, one Dalit and a non Dalit cook will be appointed.
If the number of students increases, cooks from backward classes will also be appointed.
But it now seems Mayawati's project is facing problems as strong oppositions are coming from the upper castes in Kannauj to Kanpur, Allahabad and Shahjahanpur.