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dalit: Spiritual conversion doesn’t change caste, says Madras excessive court docket | India Information

CHENNAI: Conversion from one faith to a different faith won’t change the caste of an individual which he belongs to, Madras excessive court docket has dominated, nixing a bid by a Dalit man, who embraced Christianity, to acquire an inter-caste marriage certificates to get precedence in authorities jobs. Dalit-converts are handled as backward neighborhood (BC) members and never as SCs, as per legislation.
In Tamil Nadu, weddings involving a ahead caste member with SC/ST, or a marriage between a BC member and an SC/ST are handled as inter-caste weddings entailing precedence in authorities jobs.
Justice S M Subramaniam, reiterating that merely due to conversion and his consequent categorisation as a BC member, a Dalit can’t declare his marriage to a different Dalit as an inter-caste marriage, stated: “The petitioner admittedly belongs to Christian Adi-Dravidar neighborhood and by advantage of conversion to Christianity he was issued with the Backward Class certificates.
Nonetheless, by beginning, the petitioner belongs to ‘Adi-Dravidar’ neighborhood and alter of faith won’t change the neighborhood. The classification of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribes, Most Backward Courses, Backward Courses and Different castes won’t change the caste.”
It was the case of S Paul Raj that he belonged to Christian Adi-Dravida possessing a Backward Class certificates. He married G Amutha, who belongs to Hindu Arunthathiyar neighborhood.
Submit-marriage, Paul Raj claimed that it was an inter-caste marriage since he was now a BC member and never a Dalit. A BC member’s marriage with an SC member shall be handled as an inter-caste marriage, with all attendant advantages, he claimed. He relied on a December 2, 1976 authorities order which says:
“The place one of many spouses belongs to SC/ST, then inter-caste marriage certificates must be issued in favour of the petitioner”.
He moved the excessive court docket after the Salem district officers rejected his competition, declaring that he himself hailed from a Dalit neighborhood and that his conversion won’t undo his caste standing.
Upholding the discovering, Justice Subramaniam stated: “Within the occasion of a transformed particular person claiming inter-caste marriage certificates, it will pave manner for the citizen to abuse the profit granted below the inter-caste marriage quota. The repercussion might be massive and, due to this fact, the inter-caste marriage certificates must be issued provided that any one of many spouses belongs to the Scheduled Caste and different partner belongs to the opposite caste, however not in any other case.”

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