Complaint filed against Caravan magazine and journalist Ajaz Ashraf for casteist article on CRPF martyrs

A complaint has been filed against the Caravan magazine and journalist Ajaz Ashraf in the National commission for Scheduled castes. The complaint was in regard to an article published in the magazine, which highlighted castes of the 42 CRPF jawans which lost lives in the Pulwama terror attacks. The complaint was filed by Satish Vaid of agniveer, an organisation aimed at promoting Hinduism and social equality.

The complaint claims that the article titled
“Urban upper castes driving Hindutva nationalism have little representation among Pulwama’s slain jawans” is an insult to those slain soldiers who made the Supreme sacrifice for the entire nation. It further says that article would make the griefing families of the martyrs look like opportunists, seeking caste based benifits.

While writing the article, the author Ajaz Ashraf by his own admission “tracked the castes” of the martyred and even spoke to the members of the jawans’ families in their hour of grief to get the information.

The article was heavily panned on social media and was also countered by CRPF which categorically stated that it identifies itself only as an as “Indian organisation”.

The complaint made to the National Commission For Scheduled Caste Chairman accuses the magazine of outraging SC, ST sentiments via irresponsible journalism.

It adds that the article attempted to bring a caste angle to martyred Jawans and called it an insult to their sacrifice. The complaint alleges that the article tries to paint as if the SC community has made less sacrifices in this attack.