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Dalits Share Pics of Costly Shoes to Call Out UP DM's Casteist Slur against BSP Leader

UP Magistrate Dr Bhawani Singh Khangaraut had said that BSP leader Madan Ram should not complain about casteism as he travels in expensive cars and wears branded things.


Updated:September 1, 2019, 5:16 PM IST
Dalits Share Pics of Costly Shoes to Call Out UP DM's Casteist Slur against BSP Leader
#ShoesForTheDM started trending this week on Twitter | Image credit: Twitter

Uttar Pradesh district Magistrate "booted" a storm this week after he insulted a Bahujan Samaj Party leader Madan Ram for trying to investigate a case of discrimination against Dalit children in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh.

Recently, a video of children in a school in Ballia's Rampur showed two children eating on make-shift plates made out of banana leaf while other children ate on steel plates.

Following the viral video which was apparently shot in July, an inquiry has been instituted into the incident. Meanwhile, BSP coordinator Madan Ram visited the school to further investigate the incident.

However, when he asked questions, UP District Magistrate Dr Bhawani Singh Khangaraut allegedly dismissed Ram's complaints, stating that the latter traveled in expensive cars wore expensive clothes and thus should not be complaining of caste discrimination.

The casteist slur evoked a campaign on social media with current-generation Dalits taking Twitter and other platforms to share images of "branded" shoes and clothing that they own. Many also used the hashtag #ShoesForTheDM.

Meanwhile, following the incident, BSP chief and former Chief Minister Mayawati tweeted,

“News of Dalit students being segregated to eat separately a government school in Ballia is very condemnable and sad. The BSP demands that the state government immediately take legal action against the perpetrators of such disgusting racist discrimination so that others get a lesson to prevent such incidents in future,” Mayawati said.

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