National Minorities Commission to study possibility of giving minority status to Hindus

The National Commission for Minorities has set up a three member committee to study the matter to give minority status to Hindus in eight states including Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.

Dec 8, 2017 09:20 IST
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The National Commission for Minorities has set up a three member committee to study the matter to give minority status to Hindus in eight states including Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.

The information was shared by the commission’s chairman Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi, who said that the committee will give its report within three months, following the examination of which, the Commission will take a view over the issue.

The decision in this regard came following the Supreme Court views over the issue asking a petitioner to approach the Commission with the matter

Background

In November 2017, the Supreme Court of India had refused to entertain a petition seeking its direction to the Centre to grant minority status to Hindus in eight states.

The Court had said the issue needed to be decided by the National Commission for Minorities and asked the petitioner to approach the commission.

The petitioner had asked the court to grant minority status to Hindus is states such as Lakshadweep, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur.

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