Andhra Pradesh

Caste is thicker than blood?

Post on Twitter reads ‘ONLY Kamma Caste Donors’, seeking blood for a child belonging to the dominant, influential and powerful community.

: A post on Twitter took people, especially those who were active on social media, by storm on Friday. Posted by @BloodDonorsIn with #Hyderabad, it sought O+ blood for a 3-year-old child at a corporate hospital in Madhapur.

Now on the face of it, nothing seems odd. But what was extremely wrong to which people responded with indignation was the four opening words of this terse appeal for assistance.

The tweet started with ‘ONLY Kamma Caste Donors’, referring to the fact that the suffering child belonged to the dominant, influential and powerful community in Telugu-speaking States.

They won't take blood from other castes

There is no doubt there were days when people preferred to die rather than taking blood from persons who did not belong to their caste. However, a consistent drive and campaigns by National Blood Transfusion Council, the National AIDS Control Organisation and by several voluntary agencies have seen things improve to a large extent. Cutting along lines of caste and States, the tweet attracted an outrage from concerned citizens who asked if blood had caste. Blood they say is thicker than water but the way the caste factor is dominating even in this day and age sure takes the cake!

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