Minority status to non-Muslims: State Minority Commission to submit blueprint

Supreme Court of India

JAMMU: Government of Jammu and Kashmir today told the Supreme Court that the state minority commission will submit a blueprint regarding a plea to grant minority status to non-Muslims in the state within four weeks.
After hearing the plea seeking to provide the rights to non-Muslims, the state government told the apex court that the minority commission was taking the steps to make a blueprint in the case.

In 2017, the apex court asked the state and Centre government to address the issue.
The court had imposed Rs 30,000 fine on the Centre government for not filing its reply to the PIL (public interest litigation) registered by Jammu-based advocate Ankur Sharma, who stated that benefits meant for minorities were taken by Muslims despite being in majority in the state.

The PIL registered by Advocate Ankur also alleged that the rights of religious and linguistic minorities in Jammu and Kashmir were being drawn off illegally to extend the benefits to ‘unqualified section’ of the population.

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