Dalit Christians accuse Church of failing them

May 31, 2013 by  
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Dalit Christians constitute 75 per cent of the laity in Tamil Nadu.

Dalit ChristiansTamil Nadu, May 30, 2013: Dalit Christians in Tamil Nadu has accused the Church of failing to make use of the legal and Constitutional provisions to safeguard their interests.

“Minority rights never helped Dalit Christians enjoy equity, equality, social justice and fraternity, because of the caste affinity displayed by the Church,” said A Xavier, one of the representatives of the Dalit Christians.

He was speaking at a review meeting, highlighting the failure of the Church to know the socio-economic status of Dalit Christians, caste discrimination and denial of right to quality education.

The meeting was presided over by State Minorities Commission Chairman M. Prakash at the Collectorate in Dindigul yesterday.

Dalit Christians constitute 75 per cent of the laity in Tamil Nadu.

C Bastin from Kodaikanal insisted that all Catholic institutions should take initiatives to introduce reservation for Dalit Christians.

Another representative, Jennifer, alleged that the church did not have any concrete infrastructure, policies and programs to ensure that the most oppressed enjoyed the minority rights.

Even quality education was denied to Dalit Christians, she alleged.

Commission Chairman Prakash said he would take up the issues highlighted by the speakers with state Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

He said educational aid of over 20 million rupees had been disbursed to 13,723 students from the minority communities and welfare assistance to 112 women in the district.

– the hindu

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