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Haryana School Asks Whether Parents Are In Unclean Profession: What They Meant By That

A turmoil has been raised among the parents when the Haryana school asked in the admission form 'are your parents in unclean profession?'. The school authorities claimed that the schools have nothing to do with such information, but it is the instruction of the government to collect such information which is to be used by the government only. Such step is widely criticized and raised a question what constitutes 'unclean' profession. Let us know what they mean by the term 'unclean profession'.

Haryana schools issued a new admission form, which asks certain details which raised a storm of disapproval from the parents. The form is allegedly following the NaMo App for forming the 100 pointer student admission form. Senior Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala accused BJP-led state government of racial and religious profiling.

In an answer to the question raised by the parents, it was answered in a tweet stating the provision of Pre-matric scholarships to the children of those engaged in ‘unclean occupation implemented since 1977-78. Under the specified scheme, financial support is to be provided to the students whose parents belong to any of the following categories, till pre-matric education:

  • Persons who are either presently engaged in manual scavenging or were so engaged upto or after 1st January 1997 or the date on which the Employment of manual scavengers and construction of dry latrines (prohibition) act 1993  came into force in their state or union territory whichever is earlier.
  • Tanners
  • Flayers, and 
  • waste pickers

The form mentioned that the school authorities have received the attached format from the Education Department to be filled by parents of all Haryana schools, and the information is being sought for the use by the government of Haryana and not for the school records. Not only about profession, the form asked about parent’s Aadhaar number, bank account number, details about siblings, annual income, religion and caste details and several other details. Some parents objected saying that it is wrong to ask such details like the bank account number of the student, religion and caste. They claimed if the parents come from different religions, it is confusing for the child that which religion the child belongs from. Surjewala criticized the government blaming that the students are going to labelled as untouchables based on the occupation of their parents being unclean. He also demanded the state education department to withdraw the order and tender an apology to the parents.



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Reviewed by:
Rashmita Das
Published on 12-Apr-18

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