Christians from across India will stage Dharna to demand SC Status for Dalit Christians on December 06.


New Delhi, November 28, 2006. Dr. Joseph D'souza - President of All India Christian Council said in a press conference held at New Delhi that Dalits suffer injustice and oppression within Hindu religion and when they convert, they face double injustices. The upper caste Christians do not allow them to have equal access to the educations and other resources, which they have and on other hand the article 341 of Indian Constitution deprives them in getting the reservation. He said that there was no serious effort to collect data on the conditions of Dalit Christians and, in fact, the officials of Mishra Commission were least interested to marshal the available information of these people. The NGOs and other persons assigned to collect the data regarding socio and educational conditions of Dalit Christian were having no natural sympathy, prior linkages and experiences about them. One of the largest bodies of Christians - the All India Christian Council was not invited to know the truth about Dalit Christian. Perhaps, they feared that consultation with Christian Council will reveal true conditions of Dalit Christians. Dr. Udit Raj, Chairman of All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations and Indian Justice Party said that he supports Dalit Christians` demand to be included in Presidential Order of 1950. According to this order, Dalits practicing the faith of Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism get the benefits of reservation but those following Islam and Christianity, are being barred from the benefits of the reservation. Dr. Raj challenged the incorrect and incomplete data collected by National Commission of Linguistic and Minority Religions on socio-economic and educational status of scheduled castes origins converted to Christianity. On the basis of Rangnath Misra Commission`s report, the Supreme Court of India is likely to deliver the judgment in April 2007. He said that after converting to other religion, Dalits still suffer from socio-economic and educational stigma. Dr. Udit Raj stated that the long outstanding demands of Dalit Christians will be pressed in the rally to be held on 3rd December, 06 at Ramlila Ground, New Delhi. This rally is being organized by All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations to seek reservation in private sector, filling up the backlog posts and enactment of reservation law. Lacks of employees from all over the country are likely to grace the rally. Mr. Madhu Chandra – Regional Secretary of All India Christian Council said that Christians from across the nation will assemble at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on December 11, 2006 to stage a day long dharna to press for their demands. He appeals to Christian Community to join the dharna to demand the restoration of scheduled caste status to the Dalit Christians who still suffer socio-economic and educational backwardness even after their conversion.

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