No entry of Buddhist Adi Dravidar in Scheduled Caste list: HC

Vastavam web: Noting that Buddhism has never advocated casteism in its ideology and preaching, the Madras High Court dismissed a plea seeking Scheduled Caste status under Buddhism. A division bench, comprising Justices R Subbiah and R Pongiappan noted there was no entry of Buddhist Adi Dravidar in the Scheduled Caste list prescribed under the Constitution. In the absence of a notification listing Buddhist Adi Dravidars as a caste, no community certificate could be issued, the court said in its recent order.

Tamilarasu submitted that he was born on December 5, 1970 to Christian parents, who named him Victor Joseph J. For the sake of his education, he obtained a community certificate in 1989, saying he was a Christian Adi Dravidar. In 2015, he converted to Buddhism and changed his name to G J Tamilarasu and sought a community certificate as Buddhist Adi Dravidar, he said. Authorities rejected his plea on the ground that he had converted for getting certain benefits.

Following this, he moved the high court and referred to a Government Order of January 2, 2009 by which a scheduled caste certificate could be given by the authorities concerned. The government contended that the petitioner was born to Christian parents and had professed Christianity till April 2015 and the community falls under the Backward Class community.