Tuesday, December 15, 2009

[ZESTCaste] Dalit christians demand SC status


By Express News Service
15 Dec 2009 03:14:00 AM IST

Dalit christians demand SC status

CHENNAI: The National Council of Dalit Christians (NCDC) has
reiterated its demand to accord SC status to Dalit Christians as
recommended by Justice Ranganath Misra in his report submitted to the
Central government on May 22, 2007.
Speaking to Express, Dr M Mary John, national president, NCDC, said
most of the smaller parties have already committed their support to
their demand.
"But the two major national parties are the stumbling blocks. While
the BJP has unequivocally opposed the recommendations, the Congress is
dragging its feet." He added: "Dalits, even after converting to
Christianity, faced discrimination by the society. Therefore, an
affirmative action by the government will go a long way in uplifting
their socio-economic status." It may be recalled that the BJP, on May
23, 2007, had opposed the recommendations saying such a move was


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