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India Supreme Court delays Dalit ruling

ICC Note

Indian Supreme Court failed to quickly resolve the case of Dalit Christians who face discrimination due to their faith.

4 December, 2007 India (MNN) ― India ‘s Supreme Court has again delayed a ruling on the civil rights of the Christian Dalits. The Court planned to issue a decision last week but took no action.

They’re blaming the country’s National Scheduled Caste Commission for not presenting their findings before the court. Many of the “Untouchables” lose their civil rights when they choose to follow Christ.

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Along with other legal protections, the law sets aside a percentage of government jobs and college enrollment slots for Dalits. The goal of the program is to help Dalits climb out of the centuries of caste-defined abuse.

However, the program was amended to limit those rights to Dalits who follow the Hindu, Buddhist and Sikh religions, which are dominant in India . Christianity and Islam are the only faiths excluded from the reservation benefits.

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