Bar Council Of India Reportedly Threatens To Penalise Sweepers, Junior Employees If They Use Elevator

04/06/2016 3:49 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST
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This is a photograph of a lone sweeper cleaning the floors of Agra Fort. Who knows what she is thinking as she assumes her daily chores surrounded by such tranquil settings

As a nation, we insist that we are neither of the following - racist, casteist or classist. Though recurrent incidents of violence and discrimination say otherwise, we dismiss the same as lapses made by a few, ignorant people.

Today, a document surfaced on Twitter which suggests that the most respected of our citizens could be guilty of shameful discrimination. In a tweet put out by a Twitter user who goes by the handle @roshankar, put up a picture of a notice, reportedly found displayed in the Bar Council of India office in New Delhi.

Check out his tweet below:

The notice says that any staff member who is younger than 50 years of age and holds a rank lower than that of an Assistant Secretary cannot use the elevator, unless he or she is unwell.

The notice also categorically states that any 'outsourced' employee - like sweepers - cannot use the lift used by staff members and other senior 'honourable' members. In the first case, a person stands to 'loose' a day's worth of attendance and in the second, the 'offender' will lose a day's pay.

Many people observed the irony of such a discriminatory notice being put up in an institution populated with individuals who are supposed to defend the constitution.

Others joked about the bar council's inability to spell properly. Some others wondered if the council wanted its members and employees to get fit and hence barred them from using the lift.

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