In Poll Year, 2 BJP-Ruled States Join Appeal Against SC/ST Law Dilution

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Jaipur/Bhopal:  The BJP-ruled state governments of Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh have withdrawn their orders to implement the recent Supreme Court verdict that had relaxed some provisions of a law that seeks to protect scheduled castes and scheduled tribes against atrocities. 

The government of Madhya Pradesh, another state ruled by the BJP, is expected to follow suit, say top sources in the party’s state unit.

Assembly elections are due in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh later this year and the BJP is wary of a political backlash, given the recent protests by Dalit groups across the country against what they call a dilution of the law.

Both Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have also decided to file petitions seeking a review of last month’s Supreme Court verdict that said government servants should not be arrested under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act without prior sanction and private citizens too can be arrested only after an inquiry under…

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