Stuck in the middle of a pandemic when saving lives has become the single biggest priority, you'd expect people to forget about things like caste and race. However, news coming in from various parts of the country shows we still have a long way to go in that department.
Two different cases have emerged where a person of upper caste has refused to eat food served by a Dalit.
One report comes from Nainital where a 23-year-old person said he won't eat food made by a Dalit woman.
On being investigated further, he came up with an excuse which can only be termed absurd. He said that he didn't say no to the food because of the woman's caste but because eating it might result in him being possessed by a deity as it has not been cooked at his home.
And the second such incident happened in UP's Kushinagar where a Dalit woman - the head of the village - was nice enough to offer help by preparing meals for the quarantined people in absence of the cook.
However, one of them said no because of her caste. An FIR was lodged against him later.
What the heck wrong with us as a nation ? Were we this shameless always !— Deb (@doseofequity) May 20, 2020
If this video is true, these people should be arrested for discrimination and wastage of food. This is the reason that India is not developed and will remain so until social discrimination is abolished. I say let this guys starve.— Shyamal (@ShyamalMoghe) May 21, 2020