» 04/05/2007, 00.00
Tamil Nadu: Quotas for Christian and Muslim Dalits
Chief Minister announces plans to reserve quotas for Dalits in schools and public service. No details are yet forthcoming but everyone is waiting for a Supreme Court decision on the matter.
Upper caste and Dalit Catholics clash, police shoot and kill
In Tamil Nadu upper caste Catholics attack Dalits, destroying dozens of their homes. They are “guilty” of demanding a separate parish. Police move in and fire at attackers.
Among Dalits, women are the most humiliated, laments the Indian Church
In welcoming a resolution before the US Congress on India’s caste system, the Bishops’ Conference of India insists on the role education for women can play in Dalit emancipation.
Reserved quotas for Christian and Muslim Dalits in Tamil Nadu
After a drawn-out battle chief minister announces 3.5 per cent quota for Christian and Muslim Dalits. Bishops praise the initiative but stress that the real goal is a constitutional guarantee for Dalits.
Ambiguous opening to Hindu Dalits, more discrimination against Christian Dalits
A paper close to Hindu paramilitary group calls for outcastes to be allowed to head major Hindu pilgrimage centres. Commission investigating Dalit rights further postpones release of its report.
Court rules Dalit entitlements only for Hindus
Judges agree that a Dalit Christian who re-converted to Hinduism is entitled to Scheduled Caste quota benefits in applying for public sector employment; Christian Dalits are not.
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