Sex and Caste overtones in Haryana Staff Selection Service exam
11 May 2018 9:51 AM GMT
Haryana Government staff selection exam question shows the regressive approach to issues of gender equality and caste
Which one among the following is not a bad sign of omen in Haryana?
2-A casket full of fuel
3-Meeting with a black Brahmin
4-Sight of a Brahmin girl
This is one of the questions asked by Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC ), a department of the state government that recruits non - gazetted officials for the state government. The question was asked in a competitive examination held on 10th April for the recruitment of junior engineers. The right answer accepted by the HSSC for this question is "Sight of a Brahmin Girl". This derogatory question has outraged the people of the state.
The national media incharge of Indian National Congress, Randeep Singh Surjewala in a tweet (@rssurjewala ) alleged the BJP for asking such a nonsense question, "Obscurantism, blind Orthodoxy & rank sexism has become the DNA of BJP. Latest pearl of wisdom of Khattar Govt & SSC in shape of question asked in J.E exam is derogatory & demeaning to the hilt, not only to Brahmin community but to women per se. Reflects the BJP mindset."
Terming HSSC as " Haryana Service Sales Centre" during a press conference at Chandigarh on May 09, 2018 the former chief minister of Haryana, Bhupender Singh Hooda demanded registration of FIR against the guilty officials and said "The functioning of the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC), which is already under the scanner following a leak of an audio clip that exposed chairman Bharat Bhushan Bharti's corrupt activities, has now insulted Brahmins ."
The HSSC has regretted and withdrawn this question through its notice of regret dated 05.05.2018.
The Brahmin community in different parts of Haryana has also staged protests on the issue. Congress MLA and former Haryana Assembly Speaker Kuldeep Sharma expressing his furore said on Wednesday he would file a police complaint against Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) authorities over the issue. The Indian Express (May 10, 2018) reported a statement of Sharma, "The Chief Minister is not speaking on it, it shows his silent consent. If our demand for registration of an FIR against HSCC office-bearers is not met within a week, then we would lodge a complaint with the police in Panchkula. If police fail to act on our complaint, then we would approach the court…"
As a protest, as many as 101 black Brahmins will appear before the Chief Minister after consulting with Brahmin organisation.