Free Press Journal
  • Bharat Bandh: Dalit group calls off protest, says will decide new date if govt doesn’t fulfill remaining demands

    A relief to the government as the Dalit group has called off ‘Bharat Bandh’. The Dalit group had scheduled Bharat Bandh today, withdrew their bandh after the Lok Sabha on passed the SC/ST amendment bill which overturned the Supreme Court ruling which had diluted certain provisions of the original legislation. The Rajya Sabha passed the constitutional amendment Bill granting constitutional status to National Commission of Backward Classes. The upper House also passed an

  • INDIA-POLITICS-ELECTION

    Maharashtra: 3 held for attack on BJP MP’s car, SC/ST Act invoked

    Mumbai/Dhule: Three persons have been arrested in connection with yesterday’s attack on the vehicle of BJP MP Heena Gavit outside the district collectorate in Maharashtra’s Dhule district. Gavit, who represents tribal-dominated Nandurbar Lok Sabha constituency, had escaped unhurt in the attack, allegedly by Maratha protesters. She was sitting in the car when the protesters broke its windshield.

  • Monsoon Session: Lok Sabha takes up for discussion bill to restore SC/ST Act provisions

    New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Monday took up for discussion the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018, which seeks to overturn a Supreme Court order that struck down the provision for immediate arrest. The amendment bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot last week.

  • Bill to restore original SC/ST atrocity law tables in Lok Sabha

    New Delhi: A bill to overturn a Supreme Court order which had laid down certain safeguards in SC/ST law to prevent atrocities against people of scheduled castes and tribes was introduced in the Lok Sabha today. The move is being seen as a reach-out by the BJP-led NDA government to Dalits, days ahead of their proposed August 9 nationwide protest with the key demand to restore the provisions of the law.

  • Why Centre, states can not respond quickly to quota demands: NCP MP

    Pune: NCP MP Udayanraje Bhosale today asked why the governments can not show the same willingness in responding to quota demands which the Centre showed when agreeing to restore the provisions of the SC/ST Act. A lack of political will was the main reason why the Maratha community’s demand for reservation in jobs and education was not fulfilled in Maharashtra all these years, the Satara MP, who is a descendant of King

  • SC/ST Act: Regrettable rollback

    Populist politics has won over good sense and experience. Let us assert at the outset the Supreme Court, which in March prescribed a few preliminary cautionary steps before the rigors of the SC/ST(Prevention of Atrocities) Act could be  visited upon a suspect was not against the SCs/STs. Such steps as suggested by the court in its order  had become necessary to prevent the widespread abuse and misuse of the law by unscrupulous

  • Union cabinet approves bill restoring arrest provision in SC/ST act

    New Delhi: Under attack from the opposition, dalit groups and its allies, the Modi government on Wednesday decided to restore a provision of the SC/ST Act allowing arrest of an accused without preliminary enquiry or prior approval that was recently struck down by the Supreme Court.

  • Ram Vilas Paswan warns government of an agitation if SC/ST Act not restored

    New Delhi/Patna: Yet another BJP ally is sulking: this time it is Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan whose Lok Janshakti Party has a strong Dalit and tribal constituency. The party has one big grouse: It wants Justice A K Goel removed as chief of the National Green Tribunal. The retired judge was on the Supreme Court bench that diluted a law meant for protection of Dalits. That, in turn, has earned Goel the

  • Govt will not allow dilution in SC/ST Act, says Rajnath Singh

    New Delhi: There is no dilution of the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and no institution or individual can take away rights of the marginalised given under the Constitution, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today.

  • Apex court justifies its verdict over SC/ST Act

    New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Wednesday justified its March 20 verdict on the SC/ST Act, saying even Parliament cannot allow the arrest of a person without a fair procedure and asserted that it has protected the fundamental rights to life and liberty of innocents by ordering prior scrutiny of complaints.

  • Rajasthan: Dalit groom allegedly beaten during wedding procession

    Bhilwara: A Dalit man was allegedly beaten up and forced off a horse by a group of villagers during his wedding procession in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara district. The incident took place in Bhilwara’s Govardhanpura village on Sunday.