Supreme Court Orders to Reconsider ‘Minority Definition’ For Each State

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The Supreme Court on Monday has ordered the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) to prescribe the instructions to define ‘minority’ for each state as per its population.

The apex court headed by the CJI Ranjan Gogoi took cognisance of the plea filed by lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay to re-evaluate the minority clause and has scheduled three months time for the next hearing.

A petition filed by Upadhyay has requested the top court to change the meaning of ‘minorities’ as it varies in some states.

The petition states, 8 states in India have Hindus as minorities in the demographic representation, thereby being reduced to minority, which clearly deprives them from enjoying the benefits of minority. The regions include north eastern states and Jammu and Kashmir.

On November 10, 2017, the SC had rejected such plea moved by Upadhyay.

As per the Census 2011, the Hindu religion people in these regions have been lowered to the minority level.

The earlier plea filed had stated, “Their minority rights are being siphoned off illegally and arbitrarily to the majority population because neither Central nor the state governments have notified Hindus as a ‘minority’ under the National Commission for Minority Act. Therefore, Hindus have been deprived of their basic rights.”

 

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