Cabinet approves the bill to restore provisions of Dalit attrocities law

NC Network, New Delhi

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday gave its approval to a bill which would restore the original provisions of a law on atrocities against Dalits and tribals, which was  a key demand of Dalit groups ahead of their call for a 'Bharat Bandh' on August 9. 

To restore the original provisions of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act the bill will be brought in Parliament. In a ruling in March the Supreme Court had introduced safeguards which, Dalit leaders and organisations said, diluted the Act and rendered it toothless.

Ram Vilas Paswan, BJP ally and Lok Janshakti Party president  had led the call to bring a new law to overturn the court order. Several ruling party MPs belonging to Dalit and tribal communities had also supoorted the demand.

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