Supreme Court of India surprised at people changing castes often
June 3, 2009
The Supreme Court expressed surprise that an increasing number of people in the country are today changing their caste to apparently obtain various reliefs.
"Earlier, people were changing their religion, but now they are changing their castes also," said a vacation Bench of Justices Markandeya Katju and Deepak Verma.
The Bench made the observation while issuing notice to Maharasthra government on a petition filed by Neelam Prakash Putta, a second-year BHMS (Bachelor of Homeopathic medical sciences) student challengin the state's government's cancellation of her admission on the ground that she had produced a bogus caste certificate.
Counsel for the girl Shivaji Jadhav submitted Putta belonged to "Naikpode" caste which is a recognized tribal community in Maharasthra but the state caste scrutiny community had invalidated the same on the ground that in one of her documents, it was indicated that her father belonged to "Hindu Telugu" caste from Andhra PRadesh, which is not a ST in Andhra Pradesh.