Protestors hit streets in Delhi to protest 'dilution' of SC/ST Act

4/2/2018

Bharat Bandh

New Delhi, Members of dalit community came out in the streets in Delhi in protest against the alleged "dilution" of the SC/ST Act. The protesters blocked main roads in the morning hours leading to traffic congestion in different parts of the city. The protests in Delhi are in response to a number of Dalit organisations calling for 'Bharat Bandh' on Monday to protest against the alleged "dilution" of the SCs/STs Act by the Supreme court. In Delhi, the Dalit organisations' protest began from from Mandi House with the protesters carrying out a march till Jantar Mantar. The large number of protesters were carrying flags and banners on roads which resulted in traffic jams.'Motorists going towards Kalindi Kunj from Gazipur,Dallupura and DND are advice to avoid the stretch due to demonstration. Traffic has been diverted from Vasundhara Enclave. Obstruction in traffic on Khajoori Chowk due to demonstration. Kindly avoid the stretch.Traffic movement on Sansad Marg from Patel Chowk to Jantar Mantar is closed due to demonstration. Motorists are requested to take alternate route,' Delhi Taffic Police tweeted.The protests on Monday also affected normal life in many states. Meanwhile, the Central government on Monday filed a review petition in the Supreme Court against its March 20 verdict on the SC & ST Act. The Centre pleaded for a modification of apex court's earlier judgement that a state government official cannot be automatically arrested on a complaint filed under the Act & sanction of appointing authority is must before taking such action against a public servant. Meanwhile, Congress is supporting the Bandh.Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Monday saluted the thousands of Dalits who were on the streets for the 'protection' of their rights. In a post on social media, Mr Gandhi said, 'It is in the DNA of the BJP and the RSS to keep the Dalits on the lowest rung of society. Those who challenge this are oppressed through the use of violence.