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SC orders forced eviction of more than 1 million tribals, forest-dwellers

Court gives states till July 27 to evict tribals based on a petition filed by wildlife groups questioning the validity of the Forest Rights Act.

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Forest Rights Act  |  Supreme Court  |  Tribal Rights

Nitin Sethi  |  New Delhi 

The Supreme Court has ordered the forced eviction of more than 1,000,000 tribal and other forest-dwelling households from forestlands across 16 states after the government failed to defend a law protecting their rights. The final country-wide numbers of forced evictions are likely to rise substantially as other states are forced to comply with the court orders.

The court’s orders came in a case filed by wildlife groups questioning the validity of the Forest Rights Act. The petitioners had also demanded that all those whose claims over traditional forestlands are rejected under ...

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First Published: Wed, February 20 2019. 17:46 IST
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