ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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State, Christianity and Scheduled Castes

State, Christianity and Scheduled Castes MSS Pandian ON October 1, a division bench of the Supreme Court presided over by Chief Justice P N Bhagwati upheld the presidential order of 1950 that any scheduled caste Hindu, on conversion to Christianity, lost his caste label. The presidential order was challenged by a Christian Adi-Dravida (scheduled caste) cobbler from Madras city who was refused to free bunk by the state while a number of Hindu Adi-Dravida cobblers were provided with the same. He argued that the action of the state amounted to discrimination on the basis of religion and violated the equity provisions under Articles 14, 15 and 25 of the Constitution.

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