‘Muslim and Christian Dalits must also get the SC Status’

By TCN News,

Mumbai: Muslim activists have welcome the decision by the Cabinet to approve the bill for reservation for SCs and STs in Promotion. The bill has been tabled in Rajya Sabha. There is good chance of getting this passed by Rajya Sabha and consequently by Lok Sabha. This amendment will give good opportunity of promotion to Dalits (Hindu, Sikh and Budh) in all government jobs.

Social Activist Aamir Idrisi welcomed this step by Government of India but demanded from the government to give the SC status to Muslim and Christian lower cast as well. He said that “We are fighting for Dalit Muslim rights for more than a decade and it’s a high time government must take positive action on this”

Aamir Idrisi, who is the National President of one of Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) explained in detail that “It is noteworthy that from 1935 to 1950 all Dalits irrespective of their religion were provided with reservations. However, on January 26, 1950 when constitution of India came into force an order was passed by then president of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad limiting the reservation to only Hindu Dalits, clearly prohibiting the provision of article 341 which states that all scheduled castes should be provided with reservation. The Presidential Order 1950 denies inclusion of Dalits of any community other than Hindu in the Scheduled Castes category. This order runs contrary to the provisions of Articles 14 (equality before the law), 15 (prohibition of discrimination on grounds of religion) and 25 (freedom to profess and practice any religion) of the same Constitution.”

Maulana Irfan Aleemi, President of Aleemi Movement of India said that Dalit Muslims deserve scheduled caste reservation as they are not only engaged in the same profession as Dalit Hindus but also undergo the same social discrimination as their counterpart Dalit Hindus. The status of Dalit Muslims which include Nutt, Bakkho, Khatik, Bhatiyara, Kunjra, Dhunia, Kalal, Dafali, Halakhor, Dhobi, Gorkan, Meershikar, Rangrz, Darji, Mochis, Mukris and Garudis etc. is turning worse by the day.

Mr. Shahanshah Ansari who runs an online news portal for Pasmanda Muslims, http://www.dalitmuslims.com/, pointed towards Ranganath Mishra Commission Report which has also recommended SC status for Dalit Muslims. Keeping this recommendation in consideration Central Government should amend the self contradicting constitution and implement this recommendation without any further delay in interest of lakhs of discriminated and deprived people.

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