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(AsiaNews) – The campaign in favour of Christian Dalits has had its first success. The jury for the People’s 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 India’s 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 policies—such as public service employment quotas—designed 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.