New Delhi, Aug 2 : Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge targeted the Narendra Modi government in Lok Sabha over the rising atrocities on scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and asked “Why is there no ordinance on the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act?
Accusing the government of neglecting Dalits and economically weaker sections, the Congress questioned why the government did not take stronger action after the Supreme Court order.
The Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, said “Thousands are dying every day. We request that the bill be brought in Parliament as protection of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes was very important and the SC/ST Act must be strengthened.”
Kharge claimed that 25 per cent of the population has become vulnerable to atrocities and demanded immediate introduction of an amendment bill to strengthen the law.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday said a Bill to amend the SC/ST Atrocities Prevention Act, cleared by the Cabinet on Wednesday, will be introduced in Parliament in the ongoing session for consideration and passage.
The Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the TDP on Thursday staged protests in the Lok Sabha demanding immediate introduction of a bill to strengthen the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and protection of Bengalis in Assam following the publication of the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) that excluded 40 lakh people.
“The Union Cabinet under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill,” Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour.
He said the entire country knew that the Supreme Court had diluted the SC/ST Act through its ruling that a preliminary enquiry was required to arrest any person even under the SC/ST Act meant for preventing atrocities against those covered under the Act.