Students purified with cow urine

Filed under: Day Care & Education

I don't know how it is for other parents of young children, but I found I spent more time talking about "poopy" and "pee" in the last year I even thought was possible. However, I never expected to be talking about quite like this.

In India, where an ancient Hindu caste system still keeps millions of people trapped on the bottom rungs of society, a few teachers thought they'd make their low-caste students more socially-mobile by "purifying" them with cow urine during an exam.

The students, as you might suspect, were humiliated.

Because this kind of caste discrimination is illegal, both the headteacher that ordered the ritual and the teacher that performed it were arrested after parents complained. However, these sorts of problems are common -- especially in rural areas. In fact, members of the lowest caste are routinely beaten, even killed for using services reserved for upper castes.

No word on how the teachers' karma was affected by the pee-sprinkling incident.

AOL Answers is no longer available
AOL Answers is closed

AOL Answers is no longer available.

As AOL continues to grow and evolve we are taking necessary actions to ensure our efforts and resources are
focused on the areas where we can create the maximum amount of value for our loyal consumer base. As a result
we have decided to sunset AOL Answers. Thank you for your participation in this site. If you have an AOL-related
question (passwords, account information, etc.), please visit our AOL Help site at help.aol.com.

FollowUs

Flickr RSS

TheTalkies

AskAdviceMama

AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.
AOL Answers is no longer available
AOL Answers is closed

AOL Answers is no longer available.

As AOL continues to grow and evolve we are taking necessary actions to ensure our efforts and resources are
focused on the areas where we can create the maximum amount of value for our loyal consumer base. As a result
we have decided to sunset AOL Answers. Thank you for your participation in this site. If you have an AOL-related
question (passwords, account information, etc.), please visit our AOL Help site at help.aol.com.