Supreme Court declines plea to declare Hindus as minority in eight states

Last Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017, 04:42
Supreme Court declines plea to declare Hindus as minority in eight states
The Supreme Court refused to entertain a petition seeking its direction to Centre to grant minority status to Hindus in eight states, on Friday. The 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 public interest litigation (PIL) sought minority status to Hindus in eight states namely, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Lakshadweep, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

The PIL was filed by advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay. It stated that Hindus are minority in these states but their legitimate benefits are being siphoned of arbitrarily to the majority, because of non-identification and non-notification of minorities at the State level.

"The Union Government offered 20,000 scholarships in field of technical education for minority students. In Jammu and Kashmir, Muslims are 68.30% and government allotted 717 out of 753 scholarships to Muslim students, but none to Hindu students," the petition said.

Citing the 2011 Census, the petition says that 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%).

It also states that Muslims are majority in Lakshdweep (96.20%) and Jammu & Kashmir (68.30%), and there is significant Muslim population in Assam (34.20%), West Bengal (27.5%), Kerala (26.60%), Uttar Pradesh (19.30%) and Bihar (18%).
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