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Reverted Muslims alleged discrimination - DOTO

Reverted Muslims alleged discrimination

Muslims in Tamil Nadu who have converted from other religions have lamented that they are not considered for reservation in government jobs by the Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC). The community leaders said that they are put in the ‘Others’ category which is a general quota for government jobs according to the TNPSC. Converted Christians are considered as belonging to the Backward Classes even if they were Scheduled Castes before conversion. M.H. Jawahirullah, MLA and member of the Manithaneeya Makkal Katchi had brought the matter before the attention of the Tamil Nadu Finance Minister Palanivel Thiagarajan. A former judge of the Madras High Court, Justice (Rtd) G.M. Akbar Ali has also requested the state finance minister, who also holds the portfolio of Human Resources Management, to rectify the anomaly. The former judge while speaking to IANS said: “The anomaly must be rectified. The persons who have converted to Islam must be able to register themselves as Backward Class Muslims and we are continuously monitoring the situation but nothing is happening at the ground level.” He said that those who take the option of ‘Converted Muslim’ gets a pop-up message citing an order of the government that they would be considered as ‘Others'(The open category). The former judge said that there was no such demarcation for converted Christians. Justice (Rtd) Akbar Ali said that there were several rulings and judgments that covered the status of converted Muslims and cited the example of Aariffa vs Secretary to Government of India. He said that it was clear that there was no change of caste or class by marriage. The retired high court judge said that the Forward Caste would remain Forward Caste and would not become BC, MBC, or SC. The BC would remain BC and would not become MBC or SC and an MBC would remain an MBC and not SC. He said that with the conditions as such those who convert from BC, MBC, and SC to Muslim must be considered under that reservation instead of the present’ Others’ category for all converted Muslims. He also said that this was not applicable to Christians.

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Source of information News Report Place of incident Village
Number of victims 1 Identity of victim Muslims
Location of incident Village Was cross FIR filed 0
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Date of incident: March 30, 2022
Nature of Violence
  • Discrimination in Employment
  • Institutional discrimination
  • Causal factors
  • Religious identity
  • Name of the victim : Undisclosed
    Name of Perpetrator
    State Tamil Nadu
    District/City Chennai
    Party In Power / Incidents AIADMK - All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
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