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Demand for the SC Status of Dalit Christians has been Escalated by a Dharna in Jantar Mantar Dalit And Adivasi Concerns

The representatives of the Church of South India (CSI) under the leadership of the Synod Director of the Dalit and Adivasi Concerns took part in the Rally and Dharna in New Delhi reinforcing the decades-long demand to include the Christians and Muslims in the Dalit origin in the Scheduled Caste (SC) list and thus extend the affirmative action to them. The Rally and Dharna, which were organised by the National Council of Dalit Christians (NCDC) with the support of the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI, in which CSI is the biggest member), and the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), were led by the bishops from various churches, leaders of the organisations and lay leaders on the 13th March 2019. The Dalit Christian delegates from various churches across India raised the demand for the SC status and voiced their disappointment that the elected governments are not willing to lend an ear to this rightful demand by the people from the lower strata of Indian society.

the demand to remove of the third paragraph of the Constitution (Scheduled Caste) Order of 1950, commonly referred as the Presidential Order, that states that any person professing a religion other than Hinduism, Buddhism or Sikhism cannot be considered a member of a Scheduled Caste, is a demand based on equal justice. Now the Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims face discrimination on the basis of their choice of religion. This discrimination is starkly against the crux of the Indian constitution, which proclaim justice and equality for each and every citizen of India. The National Commission for Religious and Linguistic Minorities, led by former Chief Justice of India Ranganath Misra, that recommended the de-linking of Scheduled Caste status from religion. Those who spoke in the Dharna at Jantar Mantar demanded that “The government must implement the recommendations of this commission”. The delegates attended the Dharna decided to intensify the demand in the recent future.

Rev. Sunil Raj Philip
Director, Dalit & Adivasi Concerns Dept.,
CSI Synod