Haryana SSC asks candidates to choose bad omen, ‘Black Brahmin or Brahmin Girl’

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New Delhi, May 7: A question on ‘bad omens’ asked by the Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) in the Junior Engineer (JE) recruitment exam stoked a controversy.

According to the reports, the question paper given to applicants had a question about ‘bad omens prevalent in Haryana’ with options: seeing an empty pot, a casket, a black Brahmin or a Brahmin girl.

Hitting out at Haryana government, Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala said “Obscurantism, blind Orthodoxy & rank Sexism has become the DNA of BJP.

“Latest pearl of wisdom of Khattar Govt & SSC in shape of question asked in J.E exam is derogatory & demeaning to the hilt, not only to Brahmin community but to women per se. Reflects the BJP mindset”, he tweeted.

After inviting flak, the HSSC website withdrew the question and expressed regret saying, “The matter has been brought to the notice of the chief examiner and he has felt regret about the same. However, still action is being initiated against him.”

Reacting to the incident, state PWD Minister Rao Narbeer, “it’s shocking. A candidate should be judged on the basis of his mental ability and professional competence rather than superstition and communalism. We will look into the matter and whoever is found guilty will be punished”.

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