Yogesh, who applied for the job of a head constable in the CRPF, was called to Gujarat for a physical exam and document verification.
“There are Hindus as well as Muslims in my caste. But the ministry of social justice decided that members of my caste had converted to Islam from Hinduism in the Mughal era and, so, people from my caste are marked as Muslims after 2013.” he told HT.
Yogesh Kumar HT
In 2013, the government changed the rule and gave Hindus from Rana caste reservation under the SC category and Muslims under the OBC category.
“No circular has been issued till date in this regard. I can’t get a caste certificate,” he said.
“Even if I convert to Islam, my family will become social outcasts in our community. How is this fair that our ancestors have been Hindus but became Muslims, even though we follow Hindu customs?” he said.
However, Minister of social justice Arun Chaturvedi said the notification was released a long time ago.“It shouldn’t be a problem for anyone in getting a caste certificate made,” he said.