Hyderabad-based blood bank seeks high caste O+ donors, receives flak on Twitter

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Aug 20, 2016, 12:40 pm IST
Updated Aug 20, 2016, 12:43 pm IST
Tweet by Hyderabad based group asking for elite blood donors triggered a debate on caste discrimination.
Kamma is a powerful and predominant upper caste in Andhra Pradesh and parts of Telangana. (Photo: File/AP)
 Kamma is a powerful and predominant upper caste in Andhra Pradesh and parts of Telangana. (Photo: File/AP)

Hyderabad: Twitterati seethes with anger over tweet from a Hyderabad-based group, who was looking for donors belonging to a specific dominant caste. It prompted a debate on caste-based discrimination, a social evil that refuses to vanish.

The Twitter handle of @bloodplusapp, belongs to a group of blood donors. On Thursday, they tweeted that a child was in need of blood belonging to "Kamma caste donors". Kamma is a powerful and upper caste in Andhra Pradesh and Telanagana.

 

A number was provided along with the tweet to contact the parents of the child admitted to Max Cure hospital in Hyderabad.

Most of the social media users denounced the demand. The group was quick to delete the tweet and even issued an apology tweet, saying that it received the tweet from an unknown person and put it up without verifying it.

Max Cure Hospital authorities confirmed that the same person had contacted the hospital for an emergency and never mentioned about 'Kamma' caste in particular.

The group manager of Blood Plus called this as an "accident".

The tweet comes at a time when the nation is grappled with caste prejudices and Dalits are being targeted in Gujarat and elsewhere.

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Location: India, Telangana, Hyderabad




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