Folks, time now for yet another episode of Incredible India, those only in India stories.
* Your child goes to a school in India. But will she come back or will it be her corpse that you see in the evening? Six-year-old Rohini, an UKG student at a private school near Trichy in South India, died after her monster of a teacher caned her on the head, locked her up in a steel almirah and then threw her in a water tank. Here’s an excerpt from the Times of India story:
A six-year-old girl studying in a private school in Tiruchi died on Tuesday after the teacher, who hit her on the head, locked her up in a steel almirah and later threw her into a water tank.
A teacher and two school employees were arrested for the death of Sri Rohini, who was studying in the UKG class at the St Maria Annai Primary School at Manapparai in Tiruchi district.
* Who says the caste system is waning in India? Maybe to some extent in the cities, but caste still reigns in rural India with its sway strong even after death. Caste Hindus in a village in Tamil Nadu harass members of lower castes even after their death. Read this excerpt from the TOI story:
The petition, filed by advocate P Rathinam, contended that the caste Hindus of Sampatti panchayat in Manapparai taluk prevented the SCs from using the cremation-cum-graveyard built under a government scheme. In December 2008, the dead body of an SC member had to be cremated at a different place because of caste feeling prevailing in the village.
Rathinam said that despite representations to various district officials, including the collector and the superintendent of police, the body had to be cremated at a separate place. The petitioner said such a practice perpetrated by official would further alienate a section of the people and would encourage caste barriers in villages.
Mera Bharat Mahan.