The aspirants under the reserved category were marked with their caste - SC (Scheduled Caste) or ST (Scheduled Tribe) - on their chest for identification during a medical examination in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh.
In a weird and shocking turn of events, candidates appearing for the post of police constables in the state of Madhya Pradesh had their caste stamped on their chests during the medical examination.
Criteria for clearing the medical examination, such as height and chest measurements, vary for different categories of candidates.
He added: "This is the BJP-RSS mindset". Gandhi also attached a picture of the candidates having marks on their chests. The video has sparked an outrage with questions emerging on the recruitment process and the means to used to differentiate them from each other.
Dhar Superintendent of Police Virendra Singh said that he had ordered an inquiry into the incident, to be conducted by a deputy SP rank officer. We have taken the matter seriously as this is wrong and should not happen. This is the same ideology that would put a pot around Dalit's neck, a broom around the body and would not allow them to enter the temple. "We will defeat this thinking". Elections to the Madhya Pradesh Assembly are due later this year.
According to the information available, the Madhya Pradesh Government had issued a notification mentioning vacancies for the post constables in the police department. Referring to the Dhar incident as a "criminal act", Mayawati said it was because of the casteist and spiteful attitude towards the Dalits, Tribals and backwards that they were forced to convert as the Una case in Gujarat had shown. "Those found guilty will be punished", he said. Union Minister Ramdas Athawale also condemned this incident and said that such an incident is an insult to SC/ ST.