No UNHRC move on caste-based discrimination: India
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 01, 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 01, 2009, 23:08

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