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Hindu temple refuses to serve food to 'non-Brahmin' academic in Karnataka

| GURURAJ A. PANIYADI
Published Apr 23, 2014, 11:49 am IST
Updated Apr 7, 2019, 3:32 pm IST
Assistant professor asked to leave floor reserved for Brahmins
'Pankti Bedha' has a separate seating arrangements for Brahmins and other castes.  (Photo: DC)
 'Pankti Bedha' has a separate seating arrangements for Brahmins and other castes. (Photo: DC)

Udupi: The humiliation of a woman assistant professor by an employee of the Udupi Krishna Mutt who refused to serve her food recently because she was not a Brahmin, has kicked off a row in this temple town with progressive thinkers and activists strongly protesting such discrimination against devotees.

Ms Vanitha N Shetty, an assistant professor from Manipal, who was at  the  “Bhojana Shala,” (dining hall) of  the Udupi Krishna Mutt on April 15, was taken aback when a server who realised she was a not a Brahmin but a  Bunt, asked her to leave, telling her the  ground floor was reserved for Brahmins and food was served to non- Brahmins on the first floor of the dining hall. An upset Ms Shetty preferred to leave without having the meal she had come for.

 

Enraged by her humiliation,  activists have submitted a memorandum to the authorities, calling for an end to discrimination based on caste among diners at the math.

District president of Karnataka Komu Sauhardha Vedike,  G Rajashekhar says it’s time the government  banned the “Pankti Bedha,”  or  separate seating arrangements for  Brahmins and  other castes in the mutt's dining hall. “We do not want the government to take control of the temple, but  it must put an end to this practice,” he told Deccan Chronicle.

When contacted, math media coordinator, Venugopal Rao said  paryaya seer, Sri Vidhyavallabha Teertha Swamiji, had expressed regret at the incident and  steps had been taken to ensure it didn’t happen again.  “The swamiji has promised to discuss  the matter of bringing  changes with the other seven seers. He  will see  to it that they are not hurt again,” he added.

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Location: Karnataka




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