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Petition in J&K High Court Seeking to Declare Hindi as Official Language of the Union Territory

Lawstreet Journal 17 Jul 2020 10:41pm

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On Wednesday, 15th July 2020, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in Jammu and Kashmir High Court seeking directions to declare Hindi as the official language of the Union Territory arguing that the people of Jammu have been suffering from a language barrier. 

The PIL, filed by Maghav Kohli through Advocate Aditya Sharma, said that Dogri and Hindi are the most widely used language in the province of Jammu, and added that Hindi remained a compulsory subject in all government and private schools. 

The PIL stated, “That the petitioner has filed the present public interest litigation for adopting Hindi as the official language of the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir or Hindi as one of the official languages in use before this court.” It stated that, before the passing of the J&K Reorganization Act, 2019, Urdu was the official language of the former state and that all the official records, including revenue, police, rules, and acts made by the Legislative Assembly, are either in Urdu or in English.

The Plea further remarked, “This practice was prevalent in the erstwhile State of J&K and still exists in Jammu and Kashmir after the promulgation of the J&K Reorganization Act, 2019.” It further added, “That the people of Jammu province has become a constant victim of this language barrier which has been slapped over them by the administration because Urdu was never the mother tongue of the people of Jammu, and by making it an official language has resulted in causing unnecessary hardship… Continue Reading...


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