Support protests against court order on SC/ST Act, but not violence: Mayawati

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Apr 02, 2018, 05.24 PM(IST)

File photo: BSP supremo Mayawati. Photograph:( ANI )

Speaking on the "Bharat bandh" protest organised by the Dalit outfits, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has said that though she supports the protest against the Supreme Court's order on SC/ST Act, she is against the violence spread by the people.

She said, "I support the protest against the SC/ST Act. I have got to know that some people spread violence during the protests, I strongly condemn it. Our party is not behind the violence during the protests".

She also added that strict action should be taken against those who were spreading violence during the protests.

 

I support the protest against the SC/ST Act. I have got to know that some people spread violence during the protests, I strongly condemn it. Our party is not behind the violence during the protests: BSP Chief Mayawati pic.twitter.com/SZ4xrvG13k

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Protest was staged across the northern part of the country by Dalit outfits against the Supreme Court's order on SC/ST Act.

About four people have died and several others were injured in the protest in Madhya Pradesh.

The protests were the outcome of the Supreme Court's March 20 order that had diluted certain provisions of the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, in a bid to protect 'honest' public servants discharging bona fide duties from being blackmailed with false cases under the Act.

The verdict is being widely criticised by the Dalits and the Opposition, who claim that dilution of the Act will lead to more discrimination and crimes against the backward community. 

 

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