Centre to Appeal Against Supreme Court’s Decision on SC/ST Act

Published on 02 Apr 2018 by Shivi

On March 20, the Supreme Court of India passed a decision whereby automatic arrests and registration of cases under SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, were prohibited.

The court said that a public servant can only be prosecuted after obtaining an approval of the appointing authority, and private citizens can be arrested after conducting a proper inquiry of the matter.

However, the Dalit community did not accept this decision and the apex court’s attracted mass criticism from the section.

Dalit organisations and political parties have stated that this decision would lead to dilution of this Act and may lead to an increase in violence against Dalits.

Numerous Dalit communities have called for a Bharat Bandh today in protest of SC’s decision.

The NDA-led government is ready to file a petition with the Supreme Court as it to review its decision that dilutes the provisions of SC/ST Act. The petition will be drafted by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, stating that the SC’s decision will weaken the provisions of the Act and reduce the fear of the law, thereby resulting in more violation of its provisions.

The Congress party will also organise a demonstration on April 4 at Parliament Street against the verdict and the atrocities committed against Dalits across the country.



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