The SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was passed under the Rajiv Gandhi government to protect SCs and STs from social injustice. The Act provided for the immediate arrest of accused under the Act. The amendment made by the BJP government excludes public servants from the arrest without approval from their appointing authority.
It also ruled that the accused can only be arrested only after an inquiry. This is far from strengthening the SC/ST Act.
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