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Christian leader calls for an end to discrimination against Christian and Muslim Dalits
Under the ‘Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order’ of 1950, scheduled castes and tribes enjoy certain economic, educational and social benefits, such as job quotas in the country’s bureaucracies. However, rights and privileges under the order are reserved only for Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh Dalits, at the exclusion of Christians and Muslims. For rights activist, “Children suffer the same discrimination”. This is unfair, especially today, Human Rights Day.
Hopes for the rights of Dalit Christians
Supreme Court will consider the constitutional status of Dalit converts to Christianity hitherto marginalised and rejected by Indian society.
Hindu Dalits against equality for Christians and Muslims
A nation-wide campaign is being launched today to stop the central government from extending Scheduled Castes rights to Christian and Muslim Dalits, who have been hitherto excluded. For Hindu nationalists the move is essentially electoral but the Catholic Church warns that if India is to progress it must recognise that economic development and social oppression do not go together.
Upper castes behind anti-Christian violence in Orissa
The executive secretary of the Church’s Commission on Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes argues that the upper castes are using a religious pretext to advance their political goals, namely keeping the marginalised in ignorance and poverty so as to continue to exploit them.
Supreme Court to hear Christian Dalits' claim
India: Parliament set to discuss proposed equal rights for Dalit Christians, Muslims
The National Commission on Religious and Linguistic Minorities has submitted to the Lok Sabha the proposed amendment of the law which for 59 years divides Dalits according to their religious affiliation. Is the first time that the issue is discussed by the parliament in New Delhi.
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