VCK MP seeks enumeration of Dalit Christians, Muslims
DECCAN CHRONICLE., Published Aug 15, 2019, 3:29 am IST
The caste structure of this religion, which discriminates on the basis of birth, has touched all religions and ruined them.
Ravikumar, VCK MP from Villupuram
Chennai: With pre-testing for Census 2021 currently underway, VCK MP D. Ravikumar has called for the enumeration of Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims in the SC list. His Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK) has reiterated its demand that Dalit persons belonging to Christian or Muslim faiths be extended reservation in government institutions for education and employment. Not extending reservation to Dalits of all faiths is tantamount to denying their Constitutional rights to practice a religion of their choice, the party said.
“The caste structure of this religion, which discriminates on the basis of birth, has touched all religions and ruined them. Thus, whichever religion one practices, the oppressed are subject to discrimination. Despite people in power being aware of this, they display inequality by not including Dalit Christians in the Scheduled Caste list. This has to change,” said VCK chief and Chidambaram MP Thol Thirumavalavan, in a statement.
Party’s general secretary and Villupuram MP D. Ravikumar said the case regarding this demand has been languishing in the Supreme Court for nearly two decades. “The Ranganath Mishra Commission, the Human Rights Commission, the National Minority Commission have all given a favourable recommendation in this regard. But the UPA didn’t implement it,” he pointed out.
Explaining further, he said, “Article 25 of the Constitution gives citizens the right to practice any religion. In doing so, no one should be denied their rights. Just on account of someone converting to another faith, reservation right being taken away is denying their choice of faith. Moreover, even those who converted generations and centuries ago are known as Dalit Christians. Faith may change but the caste discrimination continues. They don’t have the social protection; they can’t get justice under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.”
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