Resentment Against Dilution Of SC,ST Act Grows
Government failing to deal with the situation.
New Delhi, Apr 2 Several Dalit organisations have called for a ‘Bharat bandh’ today to express their concerns over the “dilution” of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The Supreme Court on March 20 diluted the provisions of the Act and said government servants should not be arrested without prior sanction and private citizens, too, should be arrested only after an inquiry under the law.
Dalit organisations, including the Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch, and some political parties fear the dilution of the provisions might lead to increase in violence against Dalits.
In Punjab, the chief minister appealed to the protestors not to take the law into their own hands, obstruct transport movement or harass commuters.
He also appealed to them that the mortal remains of the 39 Indians killed in Iraq which is expected to arrive in Amritsar today, be allowed to be transported to their native villages without any impediment.
No appeal for peace has been made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Ananth Kumar Hegde, who likened Dalits to dogs, continues to be a Union Minister in the Narendra Modi government.