New Delhi: The city government today told
the Delhi High Court that it has decided to discontinue the
use of word `chura` for Balmiki community in the Scheduled
Caste certificate for them as it is offensive and hurts their
Delhi government`s Standing Counsel Najmi Wazir told a
division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv
Khanna of the city government`s decision, taken earlier this
week, during the hearing of a public interest litigation
petition seeking discontinuation of the word.
Taking note of the government`s decision, the bench
disposed of the plea by social activist Sambit Patra seeking
an order to the government to discontinue the use of the word
`chura` in place of Balmiki in their caste certificates.
Patra had sought removal of the word, pointing out that
till 2010 the government`s revenue department used to mention
expression Balmiki in the community members` caste
certificates but of late they have been increasingly using the
word carrying derogatory connotations. Appearing for Patra, advocate Meenakshi Lekhi said.
"The government started mentioning the word `chura` along with
the term Balmiki in the caste certificate for the community
Pointing out that Balmiki community members had even
held a demonstration on July 15 protesting the use of the
offensive word; Lekhi said "use of `chura` in the
caste-cum-tribe certificate is violative of the provisions of
the Scheduled caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of
"Parliament had enacted the law with an aim to prevent
the commission of offences of atrocities against the members
of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes," she said.