Govt to introduce Bill to reinstate provisions in SC/ST Act during ongoing session of Parliament

NEW DELHI: The Cabinet on Wednesday decided to introduce the Bill to reinstate the provisions to protect dalits from any sort of atrocities. Sources said the Bill will be passed during the ongoing session of parliament.
The decision was taken under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi amid the deadline set by dalit groups and BJP’s allies to restore the provisions of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act. The PM told ministers that there will be no change in the original provisions, sources said.
As per the amendments – preliminary enquiry shall not be required for registration of a FIR against any person and an arrest, if necessary, will not require any approval. Also, Section 438 of CrPC won’t apply under this Act.
The debate over dalits’ protection started soon after the Supreme Court passed an order stating that arrests of accused under the law can happen only after proper investigation. The order had fuelled large scale protest by dalit organisations which alleged that the provisions to protect dalits were diluted.
The dalit organisations have threatened to hit the streets if their demand for the restoration of provisions is not met before August 9.
Last week, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and his son Chirag had maintained that the government would do the needful to avoid any protest.
Source:-The Times of India

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