Minorities need to be treated as ‘weaker’ sections, NCM tells Supreme Court

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By Muslim Mirror Staff

New Delhi: The National Commission for Minorities (NCM) Monday told the Supreme Court that minorities in India are entitled to be treated as ”weaker” sections as they are bound to be suppressed and overpowered by the dominant majority groups.

The court had asked the NCM to submit its response on a plea filed by a Hindu organisation, which said that Muslims are not required to be treated as a special class.

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The NCM said despite the safeguards provided in the Constitution and the laws in force there persist amongst the minorities a feeling of inequality and discrimination.

In a 40-page affidavit, it stated that numerically smaller or weaker classes are bound to be suppressed and overpowered by the dominant majority groups if special provisions and schemes were not framed by the government.

Earlier, the Centre had told the top court that welfare schemes for religious minority communities are legally valid which aims to reduce the inequalities and does not violate the rights of members of Hindus or other communities.

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