Supreme Court refuses to stay ruling relating to atrocities against scheduled castes & tribes
A day after the country was rocked by the Bharat Bandh called by Dalit community, the Supreme Court refused to go back on its previous order.
The bandh was called by Dalit groups against a recent ruling of the top court relating to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The protesters were demanding that the Supreme Court take back the changes it has ordered in the act.
However, the court has said that it would reconsider the judgment at a hearing after 10 days.
The new ruling says that automatic arrests and registration of criminal cases under the SC/ST Act will now be banned.
The court said this was to make sure that innocent people are not accused wrongly.
However, members of the Dalit community fear that the new ruling will affect their security and protection.
The Opposition has also filed a petition seeking a review of the Supreme Court's order.