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HC says govts should refrain from using word 'Dalit'

Press Trust of India  |  Gwalior 

The High Court has said the central and state governments should refrain from using the word in their correspondence as it did not find mention in the Constitution.

Disposing of a writ petition by Gwalior-based social worker Mohanlal Mahor, a division bench of justices Sanjay Yadav and said last week that it has "no manner of doubt" that government functionaries will not use the word.

"In the case at hand, as the petitioner fails to bring on record any documents issued by the functionaries of the to use the 'Dalit' word as inter-changeable with the word 'Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe,' we are not inclined to cause any indulgence," the bench said.

"However, we have no manner of doubt that the central government/state government and its functionaries would refrain from using the nomenclature 'Dalit' for the members belonging to SCs and STs as the same does not find a mention in the Constitution of or any statute," the bench said.

Petitioner's said the "order" is "binding" on the central and state governments. "The bench has used the term refrain and cautioned them (sic) from using the word Dalit," he said.

The court gave its ruling on January 15, Sharma said.

The PIL had sought that government and non-government organisations be prohibited from using the word 'Dalit'.

High Court's principal bench is located at Jabalpur, while two other benches are in and

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First Published: Tue, January 23 2018. 20:55 IST