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Bring ordinance to restore status quo of SC/ST Act: Dalit leaders demand Centre

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Leaders of various organisations today demanded that the Centre immediately bring an to restore the status quo of the (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

They also urged the to include the Act in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution.

The Ninth Schedule provides protection to legislations placed under it. A law placed under the Schedule is not open to judicial scrutiny.

At the meeting in Delhi, leaders announced they would observe April 14 as "Protect Constitution Day" across the country.

"The government should issue an to maintain and restore the status quo of the (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and put the Act in the Ninth Schedule on the Constitution. We have decided to hold an unified action on April 14 as Protect on Ambedkar Jayanti," Srinivas Rao, Shoshan Mukti Manch leader, said.

Prakash Ambedkar, who presided over the meeting, said the government should bring a legislation in the Monsoon Session of Parliament to ensure adequate representation of SCs/STs, Dalits and adivasis in the judiciary.

of the National Confederation of and Adivasi Organisations supported Ambedkar's demands. "Since judiciary is not reforming itself, Parliament should bring a law in the Monsoon Session to ensure that there is an adequate representation of the marginalised (sections) in the judiciary."

The leaders have threatened street protests if the does not announce the government decision on August 15, from the ramparts of the Red Fort, to resolve their demands.

The leaders' demands came after the on March 20 "diluted" the provisions of the Act, ruling that government servants should not be arrested without prior sanction and private citizens, too, can be arrested only after an inquiry under the law.

Today, the Centre told the that its judgement on the SC/ST Act has "diluted" the provisions of the law, resulting in "great damage" to the country, and steps may be taken to correct it.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 16:15 IST
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