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  • Bharat Bandh: Curfew imposed in Rajasthan’s Hindaun

    Hindaun (Rajasthan): Curfew will remain imposed in Rajasthan’s Hindaun city on Wednesday in wake of the violence in the state on April 3 during Bharat Bandh against the alleged dilution of Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) (Prevention of Atrocities) Act by the Supreme Court.

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    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm following uproar

    New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was today adjourned till 2 pm without transacting any legislative business after the Congress-led opposition created uproar over various issues including softening of provisions of the SC/ST Atrocities Act.

  • SC/ST row: Counter-productive Dalit violence

    The nation-wide bandh on Monday against the recent Supreme Court order allegedly diluting the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act has resulted in the death of nine persons and incidents of widespread violence, arson and looting of private and public property. The bandh call was given by various Dalit organisations. Its severity was felt the most in the northern States, with Madhya Pradesh accounting for

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    SC/ST Act: Amit Shah slams Congress, says BJP stands with Dalits

    New Delh: BJP President Amit Shah on Tuesday lashed out at the Congress and other opposition parties over their allegations of weakening the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill and assured that the Union government will protect every right of the Dalit community. In a series of tweets, the BJP chief also said that the government would protect every right of the Dalits and continue to fulfil their aspirations.

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    SC/ ST Act: Supreme Court refuses to stay its order, next hearing on April 13

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court today declined to keep in abeyance its March 20 order on the SC/ST Act but said it will consider in detail the Centre’s review petition. A bench of Justices A K Goel and U U Lalit, while referring to the large-scale nationwide violence during the protest against the verdict, said that people who are agitating have not read the judgment properly and have been misled

  • Bharat Bandh In Pictures: ‘Peaceful’ protests turn violent in MP and Uttar Pradesh

    Bharat Bandh was called by Dalit outfits on Monday against the Supreme Court’s ruling that allegedly diluted the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The protests turned violent in many states, and seven people were killed in Madhya Pradesh, two in Uttar Pradesh and one in Rajasthan. The apex court had, on March 20, introduced the provision of anticipatory bail in the SC/ST Act while directing that there would be no automatic arrest on

  • Bharat Bandh: Death toll rises to 7 after protests turns violent in Madhya Pradesh

    Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): The death toll in Madhya Pradesh due to violent protests during the nationwide bandh called by several Dalit organisations against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act has reached seven after one more person succumbed to its injuries.

  • Atrocities against Dalits are a grim social reality

    While laying down procedural safeguards and trying to strike a balance between protecting individual liberties and preserving the spirit of a law in favour of oppressed sections, the Supreme Court has virtually conceded to the argument that the provisions of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 were being misused by the Dalits to harass the upper caste and feudal gentry. There is no denying that till


    NEW DELHI: Thawar Chand Gehlot, the union minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, believes that the violent stir against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST act that engulfed the nation on Monday would come to an end soon as the protesters would come to the realisation that there is nothing to protest about. Drawing a parallel with the protests against the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period drama Padmaavat, the minister said that

  • Dalit protests: Violence erupts in many states, at least 4 dead in cross-firing

    New Delhi/Bhopal: Dalit protesters blocked trains, clashed with police and set fire to vehicles in violent protests across seven states against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, leaving at least four people dead and many injured today, officials said.

  • ‘Bharat Bandh’ Updates: 9 dead in protest; schools and colleges to remain shut tomorrow in UP

    New Delhi: Various Dalit organisations have called for a nationwide shutdown to protest against the Supreme Court’s ruling on amendments under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is all set to file a petition seeking review of the apex court’s order diluting the provisions of the act that protects marginalised communities against discrimination and atrocities.

  • Bharat Bandh: Violent protests in Rajasthan

    Jaipur: Nearly 30 people were detained as Dalit groups protesting against the Supreme Court order on the SC/ST Act today blocked rail and road traffic and vandalised public property, including a train, in several parts of Rajasthan, disrupting normal life in the state.