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Dalit Christians stage demonstration in Puducherry

ICC Note

Dalits Christians in suffer immense persecution due to their social status and their faith in Christ. Unlike Hindu Dalits, the government of India has not provided them with help they need.

By Babu Thomas
12/13/2010 India (The Christian Today)-Demanding reservation in education and jobs, Christians of Dalit origin on Friday staged a demonstration in Puducherry, Tamil Nadu.

The demand, according to Bismarck, president of the Dalit Christians Munnetra Kazhagam, has come in the backdrop of the recommendations of the Ranganath Mishra Commission.

He told a local daily that the Puducherry government had announced reservations for Dalit Muslims and fisher fold, but none for Dalit Christians.

The National Commission on Religious & Linguistic Minorities, headed by Justice Ranganath Mishra, former Chief Justice of India, in its report had called for extending the benefit of reservation to Dalits belonging to Christian and Muslim communities.

Dalit organisations had organised a nationwide protest in August, wearing black badges and carrying banners, condeming the the negligence of government in deleting a clause in the Constitution Order 1950 that excludes them from the SC net.

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