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Prakash Ranjan Jha | HENB | New Delhi | Nov 1, 2017:: Citing continuous human rights violations and denial of basic rights to Hindus, a public interest litigation has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking minority status for Hindus in eight states. 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 reputed lawyer 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.
The PIL also points out that Christians are majority in Nagaland (90.02%), Mizoram (87.1%) and Meghalaya (74.59 %) and there is significant population in Manipur (41.29 %), Arunachal Pradesh (30.2%), Goa (25.1%), Kerala (18.38%) and Tamil Nadu (6.12 %), 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.