The government of West Bengal, the Department of Health and Family Welfare has been issuing a serious of orders regarding the selective hiring of ‘DOM’ caste for disposing Covid-19 positive dead bodies.
The dom community has been treated as one of the untouchable castes in India. The government is discriminating against the ‘Dom’ community by selectively choosing them for one of the most hazardous jobs during the pandemic.
The nature of these orders is Prima facie casteist and by resembling the caste system diminishes the values of the Indian constitution.
A few orders also deal with the re-appointment of Dom, while others provide for the constitution of separate rooms adjoining the mortuary and are known as ‘Dom’ rooms.
The order providing for the construction of separate dom rooms adjoining the mortuary in the hospitals of West Bengal have heavy segregationist undertones to it.