Caste-wise census a must over Dalit issue: HC
Agencies Posted online: Thu May 13 2010, 16:07 hrs
Chennai : Madras High Court on Thursday issued a fresh direction to
the Centre to conduct caste-wise census in the country.
Allowing a PIL by lawyer R Krishnamoorthy, a Division Bench yesterday
directed the Census Commissioner to take all steps to hold caste-wise
The bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Elipe Dharma Rao and Justice
T S Sivagnanam said the relief sought by the petitioner had already
been answered in the affirmative by the court in an earlier verdict on
a writ petition.
In its October 2009 judgement, the court had noted that after 1931
there had never been any caste-wise enumeration or tabulation.
"When there cannot be any dispute that there is an increase in the
population of Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe and Other Backward
Classes manifold after 1931, the percentage of reservation fixed on
the basis of population in 1931 has to be proportionately increased by
conducting caste-wise census," it had then held.
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