Hindu forum plea against caste status to non-Hindus in census

Hindu Parliament, a joint platform of various Hindu outfits in Kerala demand that caste status should not be given to those belonging to non-Hindu religions.

Updated: Sep 17, 2010, 21:42 PM IST

Thiruvananthapurm: Hindu Parliament, a joint platform of various Hindu outfits in Kerala, on Friday demanded that caste status should not be given to those belonging to
non-Hindu religions as part of the all-India census.

A memorandum was sent by the organisation in this regard to the President, Prime Minister and Census Commissioner, it said in a release on Friday. "Caste is a unique feature of the Hinduism. Those who were converted to other religions would cease to be part of any particular caste with their covertion," the memorandum said.
The purpose of inclusion of caste in the census was to collect the details regarding various castes within the Hindu fold. Extension of this facility to non-Hindus would amount to upsetting the very purpose for which caste details were made part of the census process, Hindu Parliament general secretary C P Sugathan said in a statement.

PTI