Land mark Judgement says Muslims no longer Minorities in UP

via Media Input published on April 5, 2007

New Delhi: In a land mark judgement the Allahabad High Court today ruled that Muslims are no longer a  religious minority UP.

“Muslims have ceased to be religious minority in Uttar Pradesh on considerations of materials on record includes various census reports including report of 1951 & 2001,” the court stated.

The court directed state of Uttar Pradesh “to treat any member of the Muslim community as equal to other non-minority religious community without discrimination in any respect in accordance with the law.”

The judge gave the ruling after considering various criteria, including the population of Muslims as enumerated in the census reports of 1951 and 2001. According to the 2001 Census, Muslims are 18.5 per cent of UP’s total population.

The court asked the UP government to treat all Muslim institutions applying for grant-in-aid at par with non-minority institutions without any discrimination.

The court also said that UP government should treat members of the Muslim community as equal to those belonging to the non-minority communities without discrimination in accordance with the law.

The other states like Kerala which have significant Muslim population should also look into this direction and completely stop all the benefits being received by them in the name of Minority status.

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