The Supreme Court has fined Central Govt Rs. 7,500 for not specifying its stand on minority status to Hindus in 9 States

The case of giving minority status to the Hindus in the 9 States

New Delhi – The Supreme Court while expressing its unhappiness for  the Centre not specifying its stand regarding the petition demanding giving minority status to Hindus in the 9 States. SC has fined f the Centre Rs. 7,500. The Central Government has sought 2 weeks to submit its response to the petition. Hindus are in minority in the States and Union Territories like Kashmir, Ladakh, Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Lakshadweep.

This petition has been filed by Adv. Mr. Ashwini Upadhyay of BJP; he has challenged the constitutional validity of the Minority Commission Act of 1992 and the Minority Education Act of 2004. He challenged in the petition that the population of the Hindus in the 9 States is less, hence, they are minorities. They should be given the minority status at the State level; so they also will be able to get the benefits of being minorities.

The petition also states that in the 9 States Hindus do not avail of the benefits meant for the minorities. They should get the benefit but the majorities in the States get it. Christians in Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland are in majority; their population is quite significant in Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Kerala, Manipur, Tamil Nadu and Bengal. Sikhs are the majority in Punjab whereas in Delhi and Haryana, their number is quite significant, yet they are considered as minorities.

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