Violent incidents in India kill 8

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Violent incidents in India kill 8

NEW DEHLI:In India, eight people were killed as violence broke out in several parts of the country due to anger over a Supreme Court ruling on atrocities against Dalits.

According to a leading Indian daily, six people were killed in Madhya Pradesh and one each in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh as Dalit groups clashed with the police to protest a Supreme Court order which allegedly dilutes a law protecting their rights.

The violence in Gwalior district, Bhind, Morena and Sagar towns occurred when Dalit groups were taking part in a nation-wide strike to protest the Supreme Court's order which banned automatic arrests and registration of criminal cases under the legislation, which is meant to protect the marginalised communities from abuse and discrimination. APP/AFP