Friday, January 14, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit Christians still buried apart in TN?

Dalit Christians still buried apart in TN?

Express News Service
First Published : 14 Jan 2011 01:29:29 AM IST
Last Updated : 14 Jan 2011 11:18:33 AM IST

NEW DELHI: Does only Tiruchy or do other parts of Tamil Nadu also
practise burying Christians and Dalit Christians separately?

When the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) asked Bishop Antony
Devottas's representative about this, his reply that it is not an
isolated incident and is indeed prevalent in other parts of Tamil
Nadu, surprised the NCM.

At its hearing on December 20, the NCM said that it would also hear
RCMC, Tiruchy and deferred the matter.

However, in a surprising development, the NCM advised Supreme Court
advocate Radhakanta Tripathy, who moved it to highlight the detestable
practice of separate burial for Christians and Dalit Christians, to
take up the matter in a higher court and inform it of the development.

A peeved Tripathy, in a rejoinder told NCM that the said matter cannot
be taken up to the higher court in an appeal by him as the higher
court would question his locus standi and there is also an
unreasonable delay as the munsif court had decided the case of Tiruchy
cemetery way back in the 1980s.

The NCM has also felt that the Tamil Nadu government must be asked to
intervene in the matter to help the church to have more equable social

On this point, Tripathy told the NCM that it itself should conduct a
thorough investigation and only then a public interest litigation
petition would be entertained either by the High Court or by the
Supreme Court.


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