Minority Status For Hindus In 8 States: SC Asks Petitioner To Approach National Minorities Commission
The Supreme Court today asked petitioner in a PIL seeking minority status for Hindus
in eight states to approach the National Minorities Commission.
A bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that issue needed to be
decided by National Commission for Minorities and asked the petition to
approach the commission.
The PIL states that Hindus must be notified as minority community in these eight
states so that they are given legitimate benefits.
“According to 2011 Census, Hindus are minority in eight states i.e. Lakshadweep
(2.5%), Mizoram (2.75%), Nagaland (8.75%), Meghalaya (11.53%), J&K (28.44%),
Arunachal Pradesh (29%), Manipur (31.39%) and Punjab (38.40%),” the PIL states.
It also adds that the minority rights of Hindus in these states 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 Section 2(c) of National
Commission for Minority Act. Therefore, Hindus are being deprived of their basic
rights, guaranteed under Articles 25 to 30.”
The petition has been filed by Delhi Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and advocate
Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay.
The PIL adds that Muslims are majority in Lakshdweep (96.20%) and Jammu and
Kashmir (68.30%) and there is significant population in Assam (34.20%), West Bengal
(27.5%), Kerala (26.60%), Uttar Pradesh (19.30%) and Bihar (18%) but they are
enjoying the ‘minority’ status, and the communities which are real minorities, are
not getting their legitimate share.
“Christians are majority in Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland and there is significant
population in Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Kerala, Manipur, Tamil Nadu and West
Bengal, but they are treated as minority. Likewise, Sikhs are majority in Punjab and
there is significant population in Delhi, Chandigarh and Haryana but they are also
treated as minority,” he said.