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Feb 11, 2019
1:03PM

SC directs NCM to take decision within 3 months to redefine term 'minority'

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The Supreme Court today directed the National Commission for Minorities, to take a decision within three months on a representation seeking guidelines to redefine the term 'minority'. 

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi asked BJP leader and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay to re-file his representation to the panel which, will take a decision on it within three months from today.

Upadhyay, in his plea, has said that the term minority needed to be redefined and reconsidered in the context of population of a community in a particular state, instead of nationwide population data.

The plea said that Hindus, who are a majority community as per national data, are a minority in several north-eastern states and in Jammu and Kashmir. It said the Hindu community is deprived of benefits which are available to the minority communities in these states, adding the minority panel should reconsider the definition of minority in this context.

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