13 June : Mumbai :- Media ‘Dalit’ can not be used in the news anymore. The Bombay High Court has directed the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry to ban the use of Dalit words through media. So, soon the Press Council of India will issue guidelines for this.
According to information sources in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, the PCI will be asked to implement the order of the High Court from a non-regulatory body. The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court last week had asked the Central Ministry and PCAI to ban the use of Dalit words in the news.
In its order, the court said that the Center, the state government and its workers should not use the Dalit term for scheduled castes and tribes. Because the Indian constitution and any other law did not mention the word. Therefore, the PCI is likely to direct the Dalit word in the same month. Earlier, in the month of March, the Central Social Justice Ministry had given written orders to the chief secretaries of all the states that nowhere at any government level, the use of the Dalit term should be prohibited.
Not only this, the official letter has banned the use of the word dalit in any document. According to the order passed by the Center on 21st January of the Madhya Pradesh High Court, the use of the word “dalit” in government documents and elsewhere was banned.
According to a previous report on 10 February 1982, the word ‘Harijan’ was banned. The use of Harijan is strictly forbidden. However, there is still no clarity about what will be given to the punishment after using Dalit words.