Caste of police aspirants marked on their chests

first_imgAn inquiry has been ordered after photographs showed that aspirants for the post of police constables had their caste written on their bare chests in Madhya Pradesh’s Dhar district.The photographs that appeared in various newspapers showed aspirants with ‘SC’ (Scheduled Caste), ‘ST’ (Scheduled Tribe) and ‘G’ (General) marked with sketch pens on their chests, as they queued up for their medical examination on Saturday. The incident triggered a massive debate on social media.Dhar Superintendent of Police Virendra Singh said he had ordered an inquiry into the incident, to be conducted by a Deputy SP rank officer.“The incident occurred on Saturday when the District Medical Board was carrying out the medical examination of the candidates,” he said.Different requirementsMr. Singh said those conducting the medical examination process had told the police that the markings were made to tell apart the candidates belonging to different categories as the physical requirements for each of the categories were different.“However, they should have used other ways to differentiate. This is a serious matter,” Mr. Singh said.last_img