India facing emergency like situation in the country, says Attorney General of India
NEW DELHI - Following the deadly Bharat Bandh protests by Dalit groups, that killed at least 10 people and injured 65, Indian Attorney General has said that an emergency-like situation has unfurled in the country with thousands of people out on the road.
On Monday, Dalit protesters clashed with law enforcement agencies, blocked trains, squatted on roads and railway line, set vehicles ablaze while registering their anger against the dilution of the SC/ST Act. Reports of chaotic protests emerged from Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Odisha.
On March 20, the top court diluted the stringent provisions of SC/ST Act in an effort to protect honest public servants discharging bonafide duties from being blackmailed with false cases under the SC/ST Act.
This did not go down well with SC-ST groups, Dalits and Opposition, who claim that it will lead to more discrimination and crimes against the backward community.