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(Christianity Today) – For more than half a century, Indian law has set aside government jobs and education benefits for the socially ostracized Dalits, commonly known as “untouchables.” About 60 percent of India ‘s 24-million-member Christian community has a Dalit background. Yet not one of them benefits. An expected Indian Supreme Court ruling on what Indian Christians call this “decades-old injustice” against Dalit Christians could soon change all that. In a surprise move, in February the Supreme Court announced that it will hold a hearing on the law in August. The court notified the federal government that it would rule on extending the benefits to Christians. Proponents of the current practice defend it on the grounds that those who convert to Christianity have left Hinduism and are no longer Dalits and part of the caste system. Christians say politically powerful Hindu radicals fear many more Dalits would likely become Christians. …[Go To Full Story]