Amid important statement by law minister that Dalits converting to Islam or Christianity are not entitled to SC quota, sharing five case studies by me where Dalit women and men availed of quota benefits despite conversion. Some of these cases saw action, but interesting stories:
Kavita, born Jaatav, became Ashiya after marriage to Moazzam. She fought and won zila panchayat poll on reserved seat. When a Dalit outfit took her to court, she first said she isn’t married to Moazzam, but well...law caught up with her. She was sacked https://swarajyamag.com/politics/fake-sc-certificate-how-law-caught-up-with-a-dalit-woman-who-converted-to-islam-after-marriage-but-fought-polls-as-a-dalit
Fake SC Certificate: How Law Caught Up With A Dalit Woman Who Converted To Islam After Marriage But...
The Dalit organisation said it would pursue the case till her arrest and conviction.https://swarajyamag.com/politics/fake-sc-certificate-how-law-caught-up-with-a-dalit-woman-who-converted-to-islam-after-marriage-but-fought-polls-as-a-dalit
In this case, a dalit woman who became Shakila after marriage, won zila panchayat poll on reserved seat. When a dalit outfit took her to NCSC, she was found to have availed of Haj subsidy. Commission recommended there action against her but ab tak hua nahi https://swarajyamag.com/politics/fake-sc-certificate-how-a-dalit-woman-converted-to-islam-for-nikah-used-haj-subsidy-and-yet-fought-poll-on-dalit-reserved-seat
Fake SC Certificate: How A Dalit Woman Converted To Islam For Nikah, Used Haj Subsidy And Yet...
Born to SC parents, but becoming 'Shakila' later on, yet fighting polls on SC ticket — Is that aim of reservation?https://swarajyamag.com/politics/fake-sc-certificate-how-a-dalit-woman-converted-to-islam-for-nikah-used-haj-subsidy-and-yet-fought-poll-on-dalit-reserved-seat
In this case, Shamshad (in picture) won polls as Balwant Jaatav 20 years after converting. A court later declared his election as void https://swarajyamag.com/politics/fake-sc-certificate-how-law-caught-up-with-shamshad-who-won-polls-as-balwant-jaatav-20-years-after-converting-to-islam
Fake SC Certificate: How Law Caught Up With Shamshad, Who Won Polls As Balwant Jaatav, 20 Years...
A court declared his election as void, observing that Scheduled Caste benefits are not meant for non-Hindus.https://swarajyamag.com/politics/fake-sc-certificate-how-law-caught-up-with-shamshad-who-won-polls-as-balwant-jaatav-20-years-after-converting-to-islam
In this case, a woman, born Dalit but converted to Islam for marriage(Babli became Gulshan Jahan), misused her old identity 14 years later to contest six times on reserved seats. Till the time my report was published, no FIR had been lodged against her https://swarajyamag.com/politics/fake-sc-certificate-how-a-woman-contested-polls-six-times-on-sc-reserved-seat-more-than-a-decade-after-converting-to-islam
For one of the above reports, the Bijnor police chief took note of my tweet and said that Dalits who convert to Islam or Christianity continue to be Dalits. Later, when we contested the claim, they changed opinion
See the correspondence
See the correspondence
I wanted to do 20 such cases. Had enough material. But couldn’t get the time then :(