The state had passed the rule that only Dalits would be appointed as mid-day meal cooks. This caused an uproar among ‘upper caste’ communities everywhere and their children began to boycott the food. The state responded by softening the rule, replacing the words ‘compulsory appointment’ with ‘preference will be given’ and allowed a dubious ‘tradition’ to continue.
A Campaign to End Untouchability
ARTICLE 17 is a campaign launched by Video Volunteers on April 14th, 2012, to urge the National Commission for Schedule Castes, (the government body that is constitutionally appointed to direct and implement the safeguards against untouchability), to prosecute cases of untouchability. Community Correspondents across the country are documenting video testimonies of different forms of untouchability. The first 22 videos are featured here and more will be added as the campaign continues.
We want to give viewers the responsibility, as witnesses, to end this age-old oppression once and for all.