(AsiaNews) The campaign in favour of Christian Dalits has had its first success. The jury for the Peoples Tribunal on Christian Dalit rights resolved on July 18 in Madurai that Christian Dalits must enjoy the same opportunities as Hindu, Sikh and new Buddhist Dalits do. The next day Indias Supreme Court decided to hear an appeal by the National Movement for Christian Dalit Rights against the existing law that excludes untouchables (aka outcaste) who convert to Christianity from affirmative action policiessuch as public service employment quotasdesigned to help these communities. Muslim Dalits also suffer from the same exclusion; Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist Dalits do not. Dalits represent 60 per cent of India s 25 million Christians.