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PIL seeks removal of several ‘offensive’ words from scheduled caste list

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A PIL has been filed before the Gujarat High Court seeking the removal of several words from the list of scheduled caste as it hurts the sentiments of the people.

The PIL said the Social Justice and Empowerment department of the state must remove several words from the list of scheduled castes and announce a new list. The words hurt the sentiments of the members of the scheduled caste and need to be removed on an immediate basis.

It also sought a ban on writing, speaking, printing, and displaying of certain words that hurt the sentiments of the members of the caste in Gujarat. Instead, several respectable words should be used to denote the caste

Why the petition about scheduled caste

The applicant submitted in the petition that despite making a written representation to the state chief minister, additional chief secretary, the home department, and others the concerned authorities have not taken action against those who publish caste-based offensive words.

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He said the words are offensive and affect the sentiments of the people of scheduled caste. According to the state data, Gujarat has a population of 40.47 lakh scheduled caste people. This is 6.74% of the total population.

Many scheduled caste people feel humiliated due to the insulting words and hence it is important to stop their usage to prevent atrocities on members of the caste.

  

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