Seven people died in violent clashes across the country. While five people died in Madhya Pradesh, one died in Alwar of Rajasthan and one died in Muzzafarnagar of Uttar Pradesh.
Protesters in the morning blocked several trains in Bihar and Jharkhand, affecting the rail services. Meanwhile, the government has filed a petition for review with the Supreme Court today.
Speaking to journalists, union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Centre does not intend to eliminate the reserve provision for minorities.
The head of Congress, Rahul Gandhi, criticized Modi’s government saying that his attitude towards the minority community is contemptuous.
SC guidelines would allow accused persons to escape arrest, says the Centre in a statement
The government of Narendra Modi is firmly committed to the protection, security, safety, and dignity of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday.
The verdict of 89 page by a bench of judges A.K. Goel and U.U. Lalit read Section 18 of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act of 1989 to allow persons accused under the law to apply for anticipatory bail.
Section 18 prohibits people accused of causing casteist injury and insult to Dalits from seeking advance bail.
Second, the judge directed that an FIR is registered only after a Deputy Superintendent of Police conducted a “preliminary investigation” to verify whether the complaint was “frivolous”.
Any deviation from the instructions would automatically lead to contempt of the Supreme Court, the court had warned.
In its petition for review submitted to the Supreme Court, the Centre said that the court had nothing to do to dilute the Act by establishing such guidelines and to make it easier for the accused to escape arrest. “In the given situation of continuing crimes of atrocities against SC-ST members, it would be more meaningful and significant to affirm SC-ST confidence and trust in the statute and not facilitate the defendant’s release from arrest by imposing a preliminary investigation”, said the Centre.
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Of the 47,338 cases registered throughout the country in 2016, only 24.9% ended in conviction and 89.3% were pending by the end of 2016. Instead of being misused, the Law is weakly implemented, the Centre said.