'Bharat Bandh' Protests In MP, Bihar, Maharashtra Against Stronger SC/ST Act

| September 6 , 2018 , 14:15 IST

'Bharat Bandh' protests took place on Thursday in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra against the amendments to the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act passed in Parliament last month strengthening the Act.

The amendments rule out any provision for anticipatory bail and also state that no preliminary enquiry will be required to register a criminal case, and an arrest under this proposed law would not be subject to any approval.

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According to Brahma Samagam Sawarna Jankalyan Sangathan's national president Dharmendra Sharma, around 150 organisations of upper castes and OBCs will be participating in the Bharat bandh against the SC/ST Act amendments.

"We will protest peacefully on September 6. Through this protest, we will demand withdrawal of this black law. All the sections except SC/ST are affected due to this amendment. We will also write letters to all MPs of the country," Sharma said.

Makrand Deuskar, Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) said, "Police headquarters have alerted all the superintendents of police in view of proposed bandh on September 6."

The administration has imposed prohibitive orders under CrPC in four districts- Morena, Shivpuri and Bhind, all three in Gwalior-Chambal region, and in Ashok Nagar district.

The Supreme Court had on March 20 diluted the SC/ST Act laying down safeguards such as provisions for anticipatory bail and a “preliminary inquiry” before registering a case under the Act. Soon after, Dalit groups across the country launched massive protests and the dilution of the SC/ST Act was reversed in Parliament.