Autorickshaw driver’s plea in Gujarat HC that he be allowed to practise secularism, atheism or nationalism as religion

Rajveer UpadhayaThe Hush Post: An autorickshaw driver from Gujarat has knocked on the doors of Gujarat High Court with a plea that his religion be described as secular, atheist or nationalist. This after his plea fell on deaf ears before District Collector and Gazette Officer of Rajkot.

In his plea Rajveer Upadhyaya from the Chandkheda area has mentioned that since the constitution provides freedom to practice any religion therefore he should be allowed to practise any of the above-mentioned religions.

He said that he has been suffering from the caste-based system and that he should be accorded the religion of being a secular, atheist or nationalist.

He also sought Gujarat High Court’s intervention to make necessary amendments in Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act as it does not mention anything about atheist or secularism.

As per Article 25 and 26 of the Indian Constitution, everyone has a right to practice his or her religion and that the order passed by the district collector should be quashed.

Upadhyaya belongs to the Guru-Brahmin caste which is categorised as Scheduled Caste says he should have the power to describe his own religion or else he should be described as a nationalist.

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