Madhya Pradesh: Upper caste students boycott mid-day meal prepared by Dalit woman

In an incident related to caste-based discrimination, students of a government primary school in Madkheda village of Madhya Pradesh have boycotted the mid-day meals prepared by a scheduled caste woman.

Madhya Pradesh: Upper caste students boycott mid-day meal prepared by Dalit woman

In an incident related to caste-based discrimination, students of a government primary school in Madkheda village of Madhya Pradesh have boycotted the mid-day meals prepared by a scheduled caste woman.

Of the 89 students the government primary school, only 10-12 take the lunch. When students were asked they gave a shocking reply saying the food is being prepared at home by a woman, who doesn't belong to their community.


The Dalit woman, who is appointed to prepare mid-day for the school children, said: "Only 12 students came to my home and ate their meal while the others left and boycotted the meal saying 'we don't want to have food here as you hail from a lower caste'."

Madkheda village which is about 19 km from Tikamgarh district headquarter, has a population of about 10,000. It has a sizeable population of Vanshakar community, members of which deal in bamboo products. The self-help group of the community was awarded the contract for preparing mid-day meals in the village about a year back.

Caste tension is brewing in the village since last one year and students said their parents have "stopped" them from eating the food.

District collector Priyanka Das said she would get the matter investigated.