Mumbai, September 11: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday directed the Maharashtra government to submit report till November 15 on the Maratha reservation issue. The task of collecting data was assigned to five social organisations, as informed to the court. Maratha reservation has been a burning issue in the state and has witnessed over 10 deaths in the past few months.
On Tuesday, a 17-year old girl from Maharastra's Ahmednagar district allegedly committed suicide demanding reservation for the Maratha Community. Kishori Baban Kakade, a Class 11 student of Radhabai Kale women’s college, was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a hostel room at 3 pm, Superintendent of Police Ranjan Kumar Sharma said.
In the previous hearing, the court had granted time till 14th August to Maharastra government, to show what progress has been made by the judicial commission in the report on quota for the Maratha community.
On August 10, violence erupted in Maharashtra during a state-wide bandh that was called by the Maratha Kranti Morcha. During the Morcha, the police also arrested 194 people, including two minors and five women. The Marathas were carrying out a morcha for reservation in Government jobs and education. The main reason for the protest was unemployment in the community.
Previously, in 2014, the Bombay High Court had scrapped the Congress-NCP government's petition to grant 16 percent reservation to the Maratha community in Jobs and education. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced in May this year that 72,000 government jobs will be given to the community. The protests intensified with the Maratha community asking the Chief Minister to act on his statement.