Scheduled Caste status should be “religion neutral”, Supreme Court to hear plea by Dalit Christians

Scheduled Caste status should be “religion neutral”, Supreme Court to hear plea by Dalit Christians

The Supreme Court today agreed to hear plea filed by the National Council for Dalit Christians (NCDC) seeking inclusion of Dalit Christians in the category of Scheduled Castes.

This petition filed through Advocate Franklin Caesar Thomas opposes the non inclusion of Dalits professing religions other than Hinduism, Sikhism, or Buddhism and states that the consideration for Scheduled Caste (SC) status should be made “religion neutral”.

The Bench headed by CJI SA Bobde and comprising Justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant agreed to hear the petition and issued notice to the Centre on the same.

Raising the point that a change in religion does not take away the discrimination meted out to the people belonging to the Dalit community, the NCDC prays for the benefits extended to Scheduled Castes to be extended to the Dalits professing Christianity. The plea also seeks for religion to be delinked from consideration for Scheduled Caste status.

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