Live: Supreme Court refuses to stay its order on SC/ST Act, reports ANI
Dalit groups have called for a Bharat Bandh today, April 2, against dilution of stringent provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Several political parties are supporting the bandh
SC refuses to stay its order on SC/ST Act
The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to stay its ruling which activists say has diluted a law aimed at preventing atrocities on Dalits and Adivasis.
A bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice Uday Umesh Lalit, however, said compensation can be paid to victims under The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, even without a FIR being registered.
The bench said this on a plea by the Centre seeking recall of its March 20 order where the apex court had said that no arrest would be affected on a complaint under the Act without an inquiry.
Supreme Court refuses to stay its order on SC/ST Act, reports ANI
SC hearing on SC/ST (PoA) Act judgment review petition: "Those agitating on the streets may not have read our judgement. We are not against act at all"
SC hearing on SC/ST (PoA) Act judgment review petition: "We are not against the Act. Innocent should not be punished", reports ANI
Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani says now RSS leader Rakesh Sinha knows what it means to be Dalit in India (see previous post)
Bharat Bandh: RSS leader Rakesh Sinha says he was abused by police who mistook him for a Dalit activist
Read: Govt not diluting the SC/ST Act: Rajnath Singh
After reports today that 8 people had died in Madhya Pradesh alone during violence on Bharat Bandh, MP Police clarifies only 7 dead
Home Minister Rajnath Singh's statement to Lok Sabha on violence during Bharat Bandh
BJP President Amit Shah claims Central Govt acted in "an immediate manner" after SC ruling on SC/ST (PoA) Act
UP Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya accuses BSP chief Mayawati of promoting "anarchy" in UP
BSP member alleges person who shot at protestors in Gwalior is connected to BJP and is yet to be arrested
Bharat Bandh: Haryana Congress leader Ashok Tanwar condoles deaths, alleges violence during Bandh a BJP conspiracy to deflect attention from other issues
8 dead in Madhya Pradesh alone during protests over SC/ST (PoA) Act, says ANI
Former Law Minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal says historic upper caste bias leads to "eyes wide shut" when it comes to atrocities against Dalits
Read: Bharat Bandh: Govt caught lying, violence to discredit Dalits
Even as Bharat Bandh turned violent, the Government was again caught lying while claiming that it was not a party in the case before the Supreme Court in which provisions of SC/ST Act were diluted. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad’s contention that the Union Government was not a party to the case before the Supreme Court was found to be false and Supreme Court reporters were quick to point out that Additional Solicitor General Maninder Kumar represented the Government of India and was heard by the court.
Bharat Bandh: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah condoles families of the dead, says BJP does not care for Dalits
Bharat Bandh: ANI has reported that nine people have died
Bharat Bandh: Total 2 protestors dead in UP, reports ANI
AAP leader and former journalist Ashutosh criticises 'one-sided' media on Dalit issues
Bharat Bandh: CPI(M) Gen Sec Sitaram Yechury questions Modi govt's intentions, says govt didn't argue case properly before SC
Schools in Agra to remain shut tomorrow, reports ANI
BJP always a well-wisher of Dalits, says Thawarchand Gehlot
Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawarchand Gehlot on Monday hit back at Congress President Rahul Gandhi over his allegations against the BJP concerning the Dalits, saying party members have worked for the community's empowerment from the days of erstwhile Jan Sangh. Earlier, Gandhi had alleged that it was "in the DNA of the RSS/BJP, to keep Dalits at the lowest notch in the Indian society".
CPI(M) condemns police firing on Dalits
The CPI(M) on Monday denounced the police firing on Dalit activists protesting against the Supreme Court's decision to dilute the SC/ST (PoA) Act. A CPI-M statement said the response to the call for a Bharat Bandh by Dalit groups was widespread in states like Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.
"This shows the anger against the Supreme Court's decision..."
The CPI-M said it condemned the "brutal police firing which has led to the death of four people in Gwalior, Bhind and Morena in BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh. In many other places, there have been attacks by police on protestors. One person has died in Alwar, Rajasthan. Such a situation has arisen because of the failure of the Modi government to present an effective case against the dilution of the Prevention of Atrocities Act. It is imperative that the review petition in the Supreme Court be effectively argued by the government counsel," it said.
Earlier today, CPI(ML) march in Jahabanad, Bihar, against dilution of the SC/ST (PoA) Act
RSS is absolutely against dilution of SC/ST atrocities act, tweets Rakesh Sinha
Bharat Bandh: Home Minister Rajnath Singh says deeply pained at loss of precious lives
Protest against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act at Connaught Place, Delhi, reports ANI
1 dead, 35-40 policemen and 30-35 protesters injured, 448 detained in Uttar Pradesh
1 dead, 35-40 policemen and 30-35 protesters were injured in violence and 448 people were detained in Uttar Pradesh in incidents of violence during Bharat Bandh called by Dalit groups says UP DIG, Law and Order, Praveen Kumar
Karnataka Congress chief Dr G Parameshwara says "wealth of evidence to show that crimes against Dalits are rising, and conviction rates are shockingly low"
Bharat Bandh: RJD MP Misa Bharti tweets in support of SC/ST struggle
J&K National Conference SC/ST Cell holds dharna in Jammu to protest dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act
In Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference SC/ST Cell staged a demonstration at Raghunath Mandir Chowk in Jammu to protest dilution of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989. The party slammed BJP-led government at the Centre for not defending the law during the judicial process
Chants of 'Jai Bhim' as thousands of Dalits protest against Supreme Court order on SC/ST (PoA) Act at Connaught Place, Delhi
Bharat Bandh: 'Political trendwatcher' Tehseen Poonawala names a person he alleges used violence in Gwalior, MP to "show Bharat Bandh as a violent protest"
Bharat Bandh: 800 anti-riot policemen rushed to UP, MP
States asked to take preventive steps and maintain public order to ensure safety of lives and property. MHA closely monitoring the situation and is in constant touch with states; central forces made available: Ministry spokesperson
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad demands Central Govt ordinance to strengthen SC/ST (PoA) Act
Congress Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad at a press conference demanded the Central Government bring an ordinance to strengthen SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act
Four protestors killed in MP during Bharat Bandh, says ANI
Bharat Bandh: Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala attacks Modi Govt as anti-Dalit
Jitan Ram Manjhi and Tejashwi Yadav at RJD protest against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act in Patna; Tejashwi lashes out at Ram Vilas Paswan
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says Central Govt was not a party in SC/ST (PoA) case
Bharat Bandh: Activist claims to have identified shooter in Gwalior, MP; alleges shooter killed three people
BSP Chief Mayawati blames 'anti-social elements', not Dalits or BSP workers for violence during Bharat Bandh
Bihar LoP Tejashwi Yadav joins RJD march in Patna, in support of Bharat Bandh, protesting dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act
ABP News reports the death toll in violence related to Bharat Bandh has gone up to 5
BSP chief Mayawati speaking live on Bharat Bandh
Bharat Bandh: UP Police at Meerut accuses former BSP MLA of being "main conspirator" of violence
Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee express shock at deaths, injuries of "Dalit brothers and sisters", supports cause, appeals for peace
NDA ally OP Rajbhar says SC order on SC/ST (PoA) Act "absolutely appropriate": reports The Quint
The Quint has reported that SBSP Chief OP Rabhar said the Supreme Court order on SC/ST Act was "absolutely appropriate". The report quote Rajbhar as saying "innocent person should not be unnecessarily harassed". Rajbhar is part of the BJP-led NDA govt in Uttar Pradesh
Bharat Bandh: Congress leader Ashok Gehlot requests all sections of society to maintain peace
Bharat Bandh: Live press briefing by Congress RS LoP Ghulam Nabi Azad and LS leader of CPP Mallikarjun Kharge
Bharat Bandh: Supreme Court declines urgent hearing on plea seeking review of SC/ST (PoA) Act judgment, reports Indian Express
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal extends AAP's support to SC/ST community's protest against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act
Protest in Bikaner against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act
Bharat Bandh: Police use force to contain protesters in Ranchi
Protest in Amritsar against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act
Bharat Bandh: Bus vandalised, set ablaze in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh reports ANI
Bharat Bandh: Massive police presence in Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Protest in Lucknow against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act
Bharat Bandh: Vehicles set ablaze in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, reports ANI
Protest in Jaipur against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act
Bharat Bandh: CPI(M) extends solidarity to the protest against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act
Bharat Bandh: IG Law and Order says 4 dead in protests in Gwalior and Morena, MP
Bharat Bandh: ANI reports 19 people injured in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh; 2 in critical condition
Congress leader and Karnataka minister Priyank Kharge asks what was the need for diluting SC/ST (PoA) Act when atrocities against Dalits are increasing
Senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai lectures Dalit protestors on taking "law into your own hands"
Bharat Bandh: Protests against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act at Gandhidham, Gujarat
Bharat Bandh: Disturbing video of shots being fired in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh
Bharat Bandh: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan criticises Opposition, Congress
Bharat Bandh: Protests against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act at Jantar Mantar, Delhi
Bharat Bandh: One dead in Firozabad, Uttar Pradesh, reports Hindustan
Hindustan has reported that one person has died from injuries sustained in violence in Firozabad District, Uttar Pradesh
Centre files review petition over SC/ST Act order
The Lok Sabha was informed on Monday that the Centre has filed a review petition over the Supreme Court's order for the dilution of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act
Bharat Bandh: ANI reports violence in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh
Activist Anand Rai tweets that death in Morena came during clash between Bhim Sena and Bajrang Dal
Protests march in Gokulpuri, Delhi against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act
Mumbai Congress leader Sanjay Nirupam castigates UP Police for beating protestors
Rajnath appeals for maintaining 'peace' as reports of violence come in
Protests march in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act
Bharat Bandh: One dead in Morena, curfew imposed, reports ANI
ANI tweets video of police brutally beating protestors in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
Anti-Narendra Modi slogans at march in protest against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act, in Gaya, Bihar
Protestors march in Gurugram, Haryana against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act
Clashes between protestors and police in Ranchi, Jharkhand, reports ANI
Rahul Gandhi salutes protestors marching against "anti-Dalit" RSS/BJP
Bharat Bandh: Protestors march against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) ACT near Mandi House in Delhi, reports ANI
Activist Manjula Pradeep tweets in support of Bharat Bandh
BharatBandh: Women protest against dilution of SC/ST (PoA) Act in Rajasthan's Bharatpur, reports ANI
Bharat Bandh: Protesters stop train in Punjab's Patiala, reports ANI
Activist Shehla Rashid tweets in support of Bharat Bandh
Read: SC/ST Act dilution: Opposition MPs ask President to prevent “national disaster”
Commentator Sudheendra Kulkarni says Bharat Bandh unjustified, defends SC ruling
Congress leader Abhishekh Manu Singhvi says inquiry needed into why Modi Govt was "unable to present the case properly before SC and lost"
Dalit MPs to meet PM Narendra Modi
CNN News18 reports that Dalit lawmakers are set to meet the Prime Minister "to apprise him of the issues concerning SCs and STs, including the unhappiness among the community over the apex court verdict on SC/ST Act”
Reports that highways blocked in Gaya, Bihar
Reports have come in that highways and major roads in Gaya, Bihar blocked during Bharat Bandh
Activist Dontha Prashant, fellow traveller of late Rohith Vemula, tweets in support of Bharat Bandh
Messages of support for Bharat Bandh on Twitter
Protestors stop train in Agra
Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said Govt to file review petition in SC today
Tejashwi Yadav says Rashtriya Janata Dal out in "full support" of Bharat Bandh
Punjab on high alert ahead of Bharat Bandh call
Punjab was on high alert on Monday with hundreds of security personnel deployed ahead of a protest called by some organisations of the Scheduled Castes, objecting to the dilution of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act
Protesters stop train at Forbesganj Junction, Bihar
Read: Aakar Patel on why laws like SC/ST Act must be protected
Columnist Aakar Patel says “It isn’t a coincidence that the laws enacted to protect the rights of people in vulnerable situations—women, Dalits, Adivasis—against the powerful, are the ones most often accused of misuse”, while arguing that the SC order is likely to “gut a law crucial to protecting Dalit and Adivasi rights”
Bharat Bandh called by Dalit groups underway today, April 2
Dalit groups have called for a Bharat Bandh today, April 2, against dilution of stringent provisions of SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. Several political parties are supporting the bandh.
The Supreme Court had ruled on March 20 that sanction of the appointing authority would be required before arrest or prosecution of the accused under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
Opposition and SC/ST MPs of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) have pressed upon the Government to seek review of the Supreme Court order, which effectively diluted the stringent provisions of the SC/ST (PoA) Act, at a time when incidents of atrocities against SC/ST are on the rise.
The government is expected to file a review petition in the Supreme Court today.