Tribal Christians denied their affirmative action rights by biased authority

  January 16, 2016

  Bastar, Chhattisgarh

  Complicity of Authorities, Intimidation, Threats and Harassment


On 16 January 2016, Christians were threatened, beaten, pressurized to renounce their faith and their ration cards were snatched from them.

The Christians belong to the Gond tribe, and one patta land was to be given to each adivasi. However, for the land to be allocated, a form has to be sealed and signed by Sarpanch.

In this case, the Sarpanch refused to sign the form for the Christians and also refused to issue the Caste/Tribal certificates to them.

The procedure for issuance of tribal certificate requires the Sarpanch to sign initially certifying the individual as a Christian, thereafter the Patwari has to issue the certificate after checking the record prior to the year 1950.

Thereafter a survey is required to be carried out to ascertain the tribals who own land and those who do not.

The Patwari after drawing up the certificate submits the same to the Tehsildar who thereafter submits it to the SDM.

The complainants, the Christians in the locality are not being issued ration cards nor are they being issued tribal certificates on account of being Christians.


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