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No UNHRC move on caste-based discrimination: India

Last Updated: Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 23:08

New Delhi: India on Thursday rubbished a report
that UN Human Rights Council had decided to take cognisance of
caste-based discrimination here, saying there has been no
resolution in the world body or its subsidiary in this regard.

Official sources described a media report in this regard
as "misplaced and factually incorrect", pointing out that it
was based on a side-event on the margins of the Human Rights
Council meet in Geneva.

The UNHRC, which is an inter-governmental body, does not
base its decisions on the conclusions of the side events
organised on the margins of its session, the sources said.

"There has been no resolution in the UN Human Rights
Council or its subsidiary bodies either in the current session
or in any of the previous sessions on so called caste-based
discrimination in India," they said.

The sources said India is opposed to attempts in
international fora to equate such issues with racial
discrimination as the country`s Constitution has stipulated
that the State shall not discriminate against any citizen on
grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, place of birth.

India has explicit and elaborate domestic legal and
administrative provisions to prohibit any form of
discrimination on grounds of caste, they said.

There is also a ministry to ensure that this issue is
constantly monitored and that all steps necessary to fully
ensure the implementation of the constitutional provisions in
this regard are taken, they said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 23:08
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