India: In a landmark judgement, One of the Indian High court , Allahabad High Court on Thursday held that Muslims cannot be treated as a religious minority anymore in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
The Court gave the ruling after considering various criteria including the population of Muslims as enumerated in the census reports of 1951 and 2001.
The court said the UP government should treat members of the Muslim community as equal to those belonging to the non-minority communities without discrimination in accordance with law.
The judgment was given on a writ petition filed by a local Madarsa, challenging out of turn grant-in-aid to certain other minority institutions.
The court also asking the UP government to treat all Muslim institutions applying for grant-in-aid at par with non-minority institutions without any discrimination.
The Court said that Muslims should be treated at par with other communities, as they cease to be a minority community in the state according to the 2001 Census.
Total Muslim population in the state is 18.5% according to the 2001 census.
Major political parties may challenge the decision of the High Court in next few days as wooing Muslim votes in the name of lack of development and discrimination has been an intrinsic part of politics in the most populous state of the country.