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Teacher booked under SC\ST Atrocities Act

The midday meal rejection by the students of Zilla Parishad High School in Sundaragiri village of Chigurmamidi mandal had taken a new twist with school headmistress Vasantha lodging a complaint against a teacher under the SC\ST Atrocities Act.

Chigurumamidi Sub-inspector Koteshwar told The Hindu on Saturday that the ZPHS headmistress had lodged complaint against Hindi School Assistant Satyanarayana alleging that the latter was insulting her in the name of her caste as she belongs to Scheduled Tribe (ST) and she secured headmistress post at a young age. She also alleged that the teacher had instigated the students to shun the midday meals prepared and served by the Dalits . The SI said that they had registered a case.

In-charge Collector and Joint Collector H. Arun Kumar while responding to the news item published in The Hindu had instructed Karimnagar RDO, Huzurabad DSP and DEO to conduct an inquiry and submit a report. The Dalit representatives demanded severe action should be initiated against the teacher for encouraging untouchability in the schools.

Inquiry conducted

DEO Purnananda Rao said that they had conducted a departmental inquiry with the teachers and students and would submit a report to Collector Smita Sabharwal and School Education Director for necessary action. Lok Satta district president N Srinivas said that the representatives of Lok Satta and other voluntary organisations would participate in mass community lunch along the schoolchildren and educate them about the importance of eradication of untouchability.

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