Gujarat: OBC Students Refuse to Eat Midday Meals Prepared by Dalit Woman

According to the principal of the school, several meetings have been held with school authorities and the parents of the students. However, the latter have remained adamant about their children not eating the meals.

The free midday meal offered in government schools is meant to encourage parents to send their children to study. Credit:

New Delhi: At Shri Sokhda Primary School in Gujarat’s Morbi district, 147 of the school’s 153 students hailing from Other Backwards Classes (OBC) communities have been refusing to eat the meals served under the government’s Midday Meals scheme, allegedly because they had been cooked by a Dalit woman.

According to a complaint filed with the Morbi Police, the students’ parents had objected to their children eating meals prepared by one Dhara Makwana, a Dalit woman who had been awarded the contract for the government job to prepare the meals by school authorities in June.

The Times of India, in a report, quoted the woman’s husband, Gopi, who said that after the students refused to queue for their food, he went to ask their parents why.

“They told me they could not allow their children to eat food cooked by a Dalit woman,” Gopi alleged. A large quantity of food Markwana had prepared went to waste.

Following the incident, Gopi filed a complaint with the police, which he said was transferred to the deputy superintendent of police. However, he also told the newspaper that police officers told him that since this was a matter between the school authorities and the district administration, they could not intervene.

The school principal told the newspaper that two meetings here were held on the issue by the school authorities and the parents of the students, however, the latter were adamant and refused to change their stance.

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