Monday, August 1, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Delhi Govt replaces derogatory words from SC/ST certificates

Delhi Govt replaces derogatory words from SC/ST certificates

New Delhi, Jul 27 : The Delhi Government today informed the Delhi High
Court that it will withdraw 'unparliamentary' term 'chura' on the
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes certificates issued by it

The move came after protests by a section of people at Rajghat that
earlier the term 'Valmiki'was being used on the certificates but
suddenly in 2010 it was replaced by the word "Chura" which is
considered to be a derogatory reference to the members of the

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation(PIL) filed by an NGO, a bench
comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv Khanna
directed the Delhi Government to state their plea by way of an

The NGO contended that the revenue department of Delhi Government used
the word "Valmiki' till 2010 but the stand taken by the Government to
replace it with the derogatory word was quite shocking.

The usage of the derogatory words used against members of SC, ST
communities attracts legal penalties and the government itself using
it is illegal, the NGO said adding that many people of the community
have been hurt by this step.

Appearing for the Delhi government, standing counsel Najmi Waziri
assured the court that the government has decided to remove the
derogatory word from caste certificates.

The court directed the government to file their contention of their
stand taken by way of an affidavit.


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