Here in public interest we share order on harassment of students decreed by Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Chairperson Samira Kazi dated 25/8/2014. There are allegations and counter allegations of harassment of students, and judgement indicting school management of harassing students referring to their caste as SC/ST/OBC. The School in question is located in Talegaon, Tiswadi, Goa and alleged perpetrator is headmistress herself. BMM finds this whole episode bizarre yet deeply disturbing.
Why should the head of the institution herself indulge in long term abuse of students referring to them on their caste or caste category as OBC? In fact origin of categorising certain jatis as OBC is in Article 340 of the Constitution of India and we fail to understand as to why this has to become subject of derogatory treatment from the headmistress of the school Mariazita Afonso as recorded in the above order. It is likely that headmistress as well as students are unaware of the history of Article 340, 341 and 342 of the Indian constitution and has got into degenerated thinking about these articles as means of identity formations. In this case awareness programs needs to be organised for this purpose.
Dr. Ambedkar has included these articles with an intention of liberation of India's native people. As per Mandal Commission report OBCs constitute 52% of India's population. To use insulting words against OBCs amounts to insulting majority of India. Headmistress, teachers as well as students must be aware of this implication before speaking in public.
Recently in order to protest against this harassment Blakrishna Busa carried on 100 days hunger strike in front of education department, Porvorim and concluded at Azad Maidan, Panjim. Here is our posting for your reference. Click here.