Dalit protests hit Ghaziabad hard, about 1000 booked

Bharat Bandh Over Dilution Of SC  ST Act Here's All You Need To Know

The Supreme Court's March 20 decision restricted some operations of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, enacted in 1989 to protect Dalits within a prejudiced legal system by requiring the immediate arrest of those accused of committing violent acts against them.

Although he backed the protests, Mevani said, he was opposed to any damage to public property. Several ministers, including home minister Rajnath Singh, reiterated the government's commitment to the well being of SCs and STs.

Police bullets were found in Rajawats body during the preliminary post-mortem, he added.

Matters came to a head when local residents, under the banner of Sarv Samaj (all communities), ignoring the curfew, came out on roads to protest the violence and loot that took place on Monday.

On Tuesday, 50 people were arrested for pelting stones at a police force in Morena. "Dalit groups had called for a 'Bharat bandh" on Monday morning to apply greater pressure on the government to take concrete action.

Captain Amarinder Singh, who personally monitored the situation through the day, said that despite its history of violent protests over Dalit issues, Punjab remained largely peaceful as a result of the security blanket in place as a precautionary measure.

Two policemen were booked in connection with the death of a person in police firing, an official said.

Shouting slogans of "Jai Bhim", the protesters also blocked one of the carriageways of Barakhamba Road affecting traffic movement on the stretch, police said.

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In Rajasthan, a mob of almost 5,000 people burnt down the houses of a sitting and a former MLA - both Dalits - in Hindaun town, Karauli district.

There were media reports of more deaths in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh, but police could not immediately confirm fatalities.

A mob comprising almost 5,000 people set ablaze the houses of sitting MLA Rajkumari Jatav and former MLA Bharosilal Jatav in Hindaun, District Collector, Karauli, Abhimanyu Kumar told PTI.

Discrimination on the basis of caste is outlawed in India but remains widespread across the country.

On Thursday, a young Dalit farmer was beaten to death in the state of Gujarat by several upper-caste men for owning and riding a horse, seen as a symbol of power and wealth. The case related to Khairlanji massacre of four dalits in 2006, which had led to widespread protests in Maharashtra has gone the same way with the eight accused getting a lower sentence from the Nagpur High Court after a fast track court had punished six of the accused with capital punishment.

Government data shows that by the end of 2016, about 90 percent of about 145,000 cases involving Dalits were still awaiting trial, the Times of India reported.

Transport and communications services were severely hit in many states with over 100 trains getting affected due to protests against the alleged dilution of the SC/ST Act, even as the Centre moved the Supreme Court seeking review of its recent judgement in the matter, maintaining that the verdict will violate constitutional rights of these communities. And there has been several instances where Dalits have been made the targets by the so-called upper caste people.

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