Uttarakhand: Dalit cook sacked after upper caste students boycott meals she made; CM orders probe
A Dalit woman has been sacked after her appointment as the cook in a government school in Uttarakhand’s Champawat district triggered a boycott of mid-day meals by upper caste students
Dehradun: Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Friday ordered a probe into the alleged sacking of a Dalit woman cook at a government school in Champawat after some upper cast students refused to eat the meal cooked by her.
Dhami asked Kumaon DIG Nilesh Anand Bharne to conduct a probe into the incident after visiting the school at Sukhidhang and take stern action against the guilty.
Bharne has also been asked to keep tabs on those spreading rumours about the incident, an official release here said.
A day after her appointment of the "Bhojanmata" earlier this month, upper-caste students had stopped eating the meal cooked by her because of her caste and began bringing their food from home in tiffin boxes.
Even the parents of the students had objected to her appointment.
Officials had earlier said her appointment had been cancelled as it was found that the norms had not been followed in this regard.
The Char Dham Yatra, which was a low-key affair for the last two years due to COVID-19, began on a full scale this year and the number of pilgrims visiting the temples has increased manifold, Dhami said
Hearing a PIL challenging the acquittal of five persons in the case by a lower court including Mussoorie MLA and cabinet minister Ganesh Joshi, Justice Alok Kumar Verma of the high court sought the details from the home secretary within four weeks
An FIR has bee lodged by the the Badrinath-Kedarnath temple committee's CEO at the behest of its president Ajendra Ajay. The committee said that the viral video has hurt the religious sentiments of people and the pilgrims