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Special Mention in Rajya Sabha:Session No 218

by mudasser — last modified 2010-03-25 16:46

Shri Praveen Rashtrapal MP(Gujarat) made a Special Mention in Rajya Sabha regarding caste based discrimination.

RAJYA SABHA
Special Mention
Made On  11/12/2009  SessionNo: (218)


Member Name :- Shri Praveen Rashtrapal
Subject :-Regarding caste based discrimination
Ministry :- HOME AFFAIRS
Reply :-No Reply

SHRI PRAVEEN RASHTRAPAL (GUJARAT): Mr. Deputy Chairman, Sir, my Special Mention is with reference to the Human Rights Day which we celebrated yesterday. NaviPillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights recently stated that "Untouchability is a social phenomenon affecting approximately 260 million person world-wide, including India. This type of discrimination is typically associated with the notions of ritual purity and pollution which are deeply rooted in different societies and cultures. The problem is neither confined to one geographical area nor exclusively practised within one particular religion of belief system. It is a global phenomenon."
       She further stated that caste is the very negation of the human rights principles of equality and non-discrimination. The focus of this year''s Human Rights Day on 10th December, 2009, was on non-discrimination. I have, therefore, to request the hon. Prime Minister to please explain to this House, why the Government of India argues to the Human Rights bodies that caste discrimination is not an issue relevant to the evaluation of its performance vis-a-vis the human rights conventions to which India is a party? Is the Government aware about the stand taken by the NHRC in the Durban Conference on 5th September, 2001 regarding discrimination that persists in India?
(Ends)
SHRI AVTAR SINGH KARIMPURI (UTTAR PRADESH): Sir, I associate myself with this Special Mention.
(Ends)
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