‘Class 6 question paper’ asking whether Dalits are untouchables sparks controversy

NEW DELHI: A question purportedly in a class 6 exam asking whether Dalits are untouchables has sparked a controversy in Tamil Nadu, with the paper going viral on social media.

Though the question paper was being circulated on the Internet as linked to one of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan schools, the KVS termed the paper fake, and the Central Board of Secondary Education said it has no role in setting question papers for internal exams.

“Shocked and appalled to see that a Class 6 Kendriya Vidyalaya exam contains questions that propagate caste discrimination and communal division. Those who are responsible for drafting this Question Paper must be prosecuted under appropriate provisions of law,” Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president Stalin said in a tweet.

The multiple-choice question asked what does the word ‘Dalit’ means and the listed options included foreigners, untouchables, upper class and middle class. (AGENCIES)