FROM THE EDITOR
DALITS IN THE MEDIA
thrash Dalit for not wearing uniform
'Outrageous' is a mild description
for what happened at a high school in Kerala's Ranni.
Thirteen students there beat up a poor dalit classmate. Worse, they did
on orders from their school manager, a supposedly mature, supposedly
Reason: Binni, the dalit student, dared to violate the institution's strict
code -- he came in wearing 'civilian' clothes as his uniform, the only
owns, had been put for washing.
The scandalous incident doesn't stop there. After the thrashing, the dalit
boy -- again on orders from the manager -- was forced to wear his wet
The Students' Federation of India has taken up the case. They claim that
the manager, too, assaulted the student, and have launched an agitation.
According to the SFI, the incident occurred on January 27 when the
manager caught some students without uniforms. He sent them home,
telling them to come back in the correct dress.
But Binni, a class X student, returned without the uniform, pleading that
had only one pair, which was yet to dry.
But the manager, the SFI leaders claim, sent him back and forced him to
wear the wet uniform as penalty for violating the dress code.
Plus, there was the thrashing, dished out with 13+1 pairs of hands, the