Some Christian organizations in
In 2005, the Supreme Court requested that the National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities (NCRLM) conduct an investigation and complete a report concerning the need for affirmative-action benefits for Dalit Christians and Muslims. Following the investigation, the commission will submit a report to the Supreme Court. Yet after two years of "investigation," no report has been filed.
Key official, Justice Ranganath Misra, who is chairman of both commissions, the NCSC/ST and the NCRLM received one of the petition letters. Many Christian groups are concerned that because Justice Misra is chairman of both commissions, the NCRLM's report submitted to the Supreme Court will also reject the need for affirmative-action benefits for Dalit Christians.
The caste system was officially abolished in 1950, yet it still directs most of Indian society. Affirmative-action benefits in
The demand for Scheduled Caste status for Christians is still pending before the Supreme Court of India. Many commissions and important government departments have strongly recommended Scheduled Caste status for Dalit Christians based on the fact that they experience the same socio-economic disabilities as other Dalits.
"When the court rules in favor of the Christians, it will be like a dam bursting. The possibility is that 300 million 'Untouchables' who have been living in slavery will at last find their way to freedom and hope," said GFA President K.P. Yohannan. "This is the last barrier to them moving out of the oppression of the Hindu caste system."
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