The Madras Excessive Court docket has held that an individual is not going to be entitled to an inter-caste marriage certificates if he truly belonged to a Scheduled Caste however had obtained a Backward Class certificates after changing to Christianity after which married a Scheduled Caste girl.
Justice S.M. Subramaniam held so, whereas dismissing a writ petition filed by an engineer in opposition to the refusal of the Mettur Tahsildar to concern an inter- caste marriage certificates, although he had married a lady belonging to the Scheduled Caste (Arunthathiyar) neighborhood.
The decide mentioned, the thing behind issuance of inter-caste marriage certificates was to offer sure welfare schemes. In such circumstances, when each the husband and spouse belong to the identical caste, they might not be entitled to the certificates for the aim of availing of the advantages below numerous schemes.
“This court is of the considered opinion that conversion from one religion to another religion will not change the caste of a person. In the present case, the petitioner admittedly belongs to Christian Adi Dravidar community and by virtue of conversion to Christianity he was issued with the Backward Class certificate.”
“However, by birth, the petitioner belongs to Adi Dravidar community and change of religion will not change the community. In the event of a converted person claiming inter-caste marriage certificate, it would pave way for the citizen to abuse the benefit to be granted under the inter-caste marriage quota,” the decide wrote.