Dalit Muslims & Dalit Christians observe BLACK DAY
New Delhi: The Constitution (Scheduled Caste) order 1950 was signed on 10th August 1950 by the then President of India which says that “No person who professes a religion other than Hinduism shall be deemed to be a member of the Scheduled Caste” which was later amended to include Sikhs (1956) and Buddhists (1990) in the Scheduled Caste net.
Civil Writ petition 180/2004 in the Honorable Supreme Court of India praying the deletion of paragraph 3 of the Constitution (Scheduled Caste) order 1950 is still pending for the past 13 years in which the CBCI and NCCI have also impleaded. The case had been referred to a higher bench and still it has not been constituted. Thus Constitutional rights for Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims are denied based on religion for the past 67 years.
To express our dissatisfaction about this ‘Constitution Scheduled Caste Order 1950 Para 3 which is ‘unconstitutional and it is a black letter written outside the Constitution introduced through the back door by an executive order’ (NCRLM Report), I request you to observe August 10th as the Black Day in your respective regions, dioceses and institutions. Meetings, rallies, demonstrations, hunger stick, submitting memorandam, candle vigils and other forms of demonstrations can be also organized in your area to show support and solidarity to the suffering Christians of Scheduled Caste Origin. Please make use of the media especially the social media to disseminate the news to the civil society.