Christians observe Black Day demanding Equal Rights for Dalit
Christians observed the signing of India's Constitution as 'Black Day' on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in New Delhi showing their solidarity with Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims who have been denied the Scheduled Caste status for the past 64 years and called the Presidential order of 1950 as "discriminatory" and "unconstitutional" and have demanded the Union Government to resolve the matter immediately based on Justice Jagannath Misra Commission’s report.
The Black Day
The event was jointly organised by Catholic Bishop Conference of India (CBCI), National Council of Churches in India (NCCI), National Council of Dalit Christians (NCDC) and Church of North India (CNI).
The function begun with hundreds of Christians, leaders from Christian and Muslim communities assembled at Church of North India Bhawan where Shri Alwan Masih, General Secretary of CNI and Most Rev. Vincent Concessao, Archbishop Emirates of Delhi presided over the program. Mr. Ali Anwar Ansar MP of Janata Dal (United) showed his support for the demand. The speakers gave their full support to the ongoing demand and pledged that they will press for their demand to the Government till their demand is met.
Every year, Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims will continue to observe August 10th as Black Day throughout India. However, this year, since August 10th falls on Sunday, they observe it on Tuesday, i.e. August 12th although other forms of democratic protest like wearing black badges were done by all the participating churches on August 10th itself.
The speakers stated that the 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 in the Supreme Court of India for the past ten years since the Government is not replying to the Supreme Court.
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