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The Madhya Pradesh Police ordered an inquiry on Sunday after reports said that those candidates appearing for the constable’s post, via availing reservations, had to face extreme humiliation, as their chests were labeled with their castes during a medical examination in Dhar district, reported ANI.
Photos had emerged in the media as well as on the Social Media on Saturday, showing candidates bare-chested with markings such as “SC”, “ST” and “O” – Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes – in black ink on their bodies.
Constables from the Reserved category, who underwent a medical examination at a government hospital in Dhar had their castes marked on their chests, an exercise the district police administration said was not authorised.
More than 200 newly recruited constables were examined at the Dhar district hospital from Wednesday to measure their physical parameters like height, weight etc. A couple of police officials were also present during the medical examination by doctors.
Dhar Superintendent of Police, Birendra Singh, condemned the incident and ordered an inquiry into the matter.
Dhar Superintendent of Police, Singh admitted that the castes were marked on the candidates’ chests. “There was no ill will. They must have done it for convenience because the number of constables was very high. Those involved in the exercise claimed that SC and ST were written on candidates’ chest to avoid confusion,” Indian Express reported.
Singh tried to explain the actions on part of the Madhya Pradesh Police by saying that the police officials present during the examination also belong to the reserved categories. He said though there was no mala fide intent he has ordered an inquiry into it. He said nobody has complained about it but the matter was highlighted by local media.
“The incident where candidates’ chests were labeled with their castes is indeed deplorable. We have taken the matter seriously as this is wrong and should not happen. I have directed an investigation into the matter so that we can prosecute the ones responsible at the earliest,” he said to ANI.
This deplorable incident only highlights the fact that the agencies of the State such as the Indian Police Services are not devoid of caste and puts forth a fundamental question: How is State going towards annihilating caste if the police themselves start branding the chests of fellow to-be policemen, with their caste identities.
Shame on the Casteist Madhya Pradesh Government as well as the Police Department.