Chennai, Pretr. The Madras High Court has ruled that a person’s caste does not change due to the conversion of the person and on the basis of this, an inter-caste marriage certificate cannot be issued.

Justice SM Subramaniam gave this decision last week to S.M., a resident of Salem camp in Mettur taluka. Dismissing the writ petition of Pal Raj. In the petition, the petitioner had sought quashing of the order issued by the Salem district administration on June 19, 2015 and directing the authorities to issue the inter-caste marriage certificate to him.

The petitioner belongs to the Adi-Dravida community and had accepted Christianity. Therefore, he was issued a backward class certificate under the government order issued by the Social Welfare Department on July 30, 1985. He married a woman belonging to the Arunthathiyar community of Hinduism.

Petitioner’s application was canceled in 2015

The petitioner’s wife has been issued a Scheduled Caste certificate under the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Amendment) Act, 1976 (SC/ST (Amendment) Act, 1976). Therefore, the petitioner had applied for issuance of inter-caste certificate on the basis of government order issued by the Department of Personnel and Administration Reforms on December 28, 1976, so that he could take advantage of priority in government jobs. However, the Salem district administration rejected the petitioner’s application in June 2015, following which it moved the High Court.

Caste does not change by conversion

The High Court said that the petitioner and his wife belong to the Scheduled Castes by birth and mere conversion does not change the caste of the petitioner and does not entitle him to get an inter-caste marriage certificate.

Edited By: Monika Minal