Kenya: Hindus want to be recognized as the 44th tribe

Kenya, Kenyan, Hindus, 44th Tribe, Farah Mannzoor

Hindus desire to be recognized as Kenya’s 44th tribe along with others, said Farah Mannzoor, a human rights activist.

The news reported by reports that she has been working on this for past five years and she said that a petition with regards to this was signed by ‘representatives of all the Asian communities before it was forwarded to Uhuru and the State Law office.

Mannzoor was quoted by the news site as saying that:

“The people who have supported this petition with me have done it on their own individual capacities and have expressed this in the Freedom of the Right of Expression as enshrined in the Bills of Rights of our Constitution.”

The activist met the representatives of the Asian communities on January 10. Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, and others attended this meeting where the contribution of Asians was recognized.

She also said that the notion that Asians are privileged was untrue.

The move will help Hindus and other Asian communities to connect better with their Kenyan counterparts, it is expected.

According to the 2009 Census, there are 53,393 Hindus in Kenya which is less than 1% of the total population in Kenya.

Hindu Religious and Service Center (HRSC) recently brought smiles on the faces of over 8,500 African children when they were provided with lunches, books, and pens by this organization.

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