Apex court says no to plea for ‘Gandhi caste’

The Supreme Court dismissed a PIL of a Gandhian freedom fighter, who had sought from the court to direct the authorities to create a caste by the name of ‘Gandhi’ for the children born out of inter-caste marriages.

A bench comprising Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi dismissed the PIL filed by 86-year-old Salem Velu Gandhi alias C Velu at the admission stage, saying that the court cannot entertain his prayer and it is for the government to consider.

‘Heard the petitioner, who is appearing in person and perused the relevant material. We are not inclined to go into the issue raised by the petitioner. The writ petition is, accordingly, dismissed.

However, the petitioner is free to make a representation to the government for appropriate remedy’, said the bench.

The petitioner contended that there should be only one caste to eradicate divisions and hatred in society and it should be called the Gandhi caste and the children born out of inter-caste marriages should not suffer because of the old caste system.

The petition said that when a kid is taken to a school for admission, his caste is asked and it is noted in the column meant for it and discrimination starts from there.
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