Indian state against Muslim minority ruling

The Uttar Pradesh government filed a review petition in the Allahabad High Court against its ruling that Muslims cannot be treated as a religious minority in the state and said it would go to the Supreme Court if necessary.

Indian state against Muslim minority ruling
The Uttar Pradesh (UP) government filed a review petition Friday in the Allahabad High Court against its ruling that Muslims cannot be treated as a religious minority in the state and said it would go to the Supreme Court if necessary.

In a landmark ruling, the Allahabad High Court on Thursday took away the minority status of Muslims in Uttar Pradesh – a move that angered Muslim leaders.

The court ruled that the UP government should treat members of the Muslim community as equal to those belonging to the non-minority communities without discrimination in accordance with law.

It also asked the government to treat all Muslim institutions applying for grant-in-aid at par with non-minority institutions without any discrimination.

Shahi Imam of Jamia Masjid Syed Ahmad Shah Bukhari said the court ruling would send a negative message to the Muslim community in Uttar Pradesh.

Imam Mohammad Mukaram, of the Fatehpuri mosque, stressed that "Muslims are a minority in the country and they should get all the benefits of their minority status.''

Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav also denounced the ruling, describing it as "very unfortunate."

"We will definitely appeal and get the order revised," he said on Thursday.

They all questioned the criteria used by the Allahabad High Court to reach the verdict, including the population of Muslims, which judges said enumerated in the census reports of 1951 and 2001.

Imam Mukaram said: "The census of 2001 was incomplete and at that time itself we had raised objections about its credibility. We want the Government to order a fresh census to decide about the minority status of Muslims."

Last year, a government-sanctioned report found that the Indian Muslim community is suffering from discrimination when it comes to benefits from government-run welfare programs, access to education, employment, and even the system of credit and bank loans.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16
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