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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Invitation for the Black Day Observance (August 10th)

Date : 10th August, 2015, Monday

Time : 4 to 5 pm

Venue : In front of the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Gole Dhakana, 

Dear Ecumenical colleagues, 

The Constitution (Scheduled Caste) order 1950 which says that “No person who professes a religion other than Hinduism shall be deemed to be a member of the Scheduled Caste” was signed on 10th August 1950 by Dr. Rajendra Prasad the then President of India. This order was later amended to include Sikhs (1956) and Buddhists (1990) in the Scheduled Caste net. This order denies Scheduled Caste status to Dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians thus denying the basic human right of religious freedom.

To express our dissatisfaction over the discriminatory Presidential Order and to demand SC status to Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims, throughout India we are observing August 10th as Black Day.

In Delhi the Black Day will be observed in front of the Sacred Heart Cathedral main gate from 4 pm to 5 pm. Most Rev. Anil Couto the Archbishop of Delhi, Rev.Dr. Roger Gaikwad, General Secretary, NCCI and Mr. Alwan Masih, General Secretary, CNI Synod will preside over the event. 

We request your valuable participation and solidarity

Thanking you,

Fr. Devasagayaraj Samuel Jayakumar 
Secretary, CBCI office for SC/BC Executive Secretary, CoP, NCCI

A program jointly organised by CBCI Office for SC/BC and NCCI