FIR filed for use of derogatory terms in clerk exam
Ahmedabad: After the state government-run body Gujarat Gaun Sewa Pasandagi Mandal on Sunday published derogatory words for members of scheduled castes (SCs) in one of the questions for a clerks and office assistants exam, city police late on Sunday evening registered a case under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act against unknown officials for using the words banned by the Supreme Court itself.
In his FIR filed with Amraiwadi police of the city, a Mehsana-based activist, Rakesh Vaghela said that his nephew had also taken the exam. “When he returned, I saw his question-paper and found that there were 220 questions in Part B. The question number 156 was about the 1931 Poona Pact. Two derogatory words were used for the SC community in this question,” states Vaghela in the FIR.
The question about separate electoral rights for SC communities also lowered the stature of leaders like Dr B R Ambedkar and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel by using “etc” after their names, said Vaghela objecting to the use of the word “etc” in the question.
Vaghela said in the FIR that the officials and the question paper-setter of the Gujarat Gaun Sewa Pasandagi Mandal have officially hurt sentiments of SC community and insulted them.
Vaghela said that the Supreme Court in its ruling had banned the use of a word which was used widely during the Independence movement and even till the last decade, deeming it to be abusive. Even the state and Union governments had issued circulars banning the use of this particular word and directed that only the words ‘scheduled caste’ can be used.