Hindus welcome anti-discrimination directive of European Parliament

May 24th, 2009 - 1:24 pm ICT by ANI  

Nevada (US), May 24 (ANI): Hindus have welcomed new anti-discrimination directive of European Parliament aiming at guaranteeing equal treatment and tackling multiple discrimination.

Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, hailing the new directive said that discrimination should have been outlawed in European Union (EU) long time back. All EU citizens should be treated equally.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, said that equality has been a core value in Hinduism and it even advocates ‘uncolored’ approach towards all things and beings.

Rajan Zed urged EU member states to respond positively towards this directive. Although not perfect, this directive is a “step in the right direction”, Zed added.

According to reports, this directive is intended to reduce discrimination on grounds of religion or belief, age, disability or sexual orientation, whether direct or indirect, and whether based on real or presumed criteria.

The directive will apply to social protection and health care, social benefits, education and access to goods and services, including housing. It describes harassment as discrimination.(ANI)

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