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Don’t use word ‘Dalit’ in media reportage: I&B

The Information and Broadcasting (I and B) ministry has issued an advisory to the media, asking them to desist from the use of the word ‘dalits’.

In an advisory issued to the media, the ministry has said they should avoid use of the word ‘dalit’ and instead use the world ‘scheduled caste’ to refer to the community, sources in the Ministry said.

“Media should refrain from using the word dalit while referring to the members belonging to the Scheduled Caste community in compliance with the directions of the Bombay High Court and the constitutional term Scheduled Caste in english and its appropriate translation in other regional languages should alone be used for all official transaction, matters dealing, certificates etc., for denoting the persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes notified in the Presidential orders issued under Article 341 of the Constitution of India,” the I and B ministry advisory to the electronic media said.

The order by the Ministry comes after the Bombay High Court asked the ministry to consider issuing a direction to media to stop using the word dalit.

The Nagpur bench of the Bombay high court had recently asked the ministry and the Press Council of India to issue directives to the media to abstain from using the word “dalit” in reports.

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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