An individual, after converting to another religion, cannot be considered for backward community benefits, says the High Court


Chennai: “After changing one’s religion, an individual cannot claim the backward class benefits. It’s not through conversion to another religion, but by birth that an individual’s backwardness is decided” said the High Court.

A Christian Nadar lady, after converting to Islamic religion, had filed a petition seeking benefits available to the backward communities. Justice R.Ravi Subrahmmanian dismissed this petition saying she cannot claim such benefits.  A new convert, to a community which enjoys these benefits, cannot be considered for such benefits, said the court.