Dalits call for shutdown over apex court's ruling

Updated:6 months, 1 week ago IST

Morena (MP) /Ludhiana (Punjab)/Varanasi (UP)/Jaipur (Rajasthan), Apr 10 (ANI): Curfew and restrictions were imposed in parts of India on Tuesday as groups of Dalits community called for a nationwide shutdown against a Supreme Court ruling that allegedly dilutes a law meant to protect them from discrimination. The shutdown came a week after eight people were killed and several injured in a similar protest. Heavy security deployment was made in Madhya Pradesh, where six people were killed in last week's protest. Around 1,100 security personnel were deployed across Morena city, police officials said. Streets in Ludhiana and Jaipur cities wore a deserted look and traffic stayed off the roads. Meanwhile, a counter-protest was held in Varanasi city with protesters demanding a law for safeguarding the people in the non-reserved categories and that caste-based reservation in India be done away with. Dalit organisations called for protests after the Supreme Court ruled last month that arrests under a law meant to speed action on complaints of violence against Dalits required prior approval from officials, and barred the immediate arrest of those accused in such complaints. Dalits are at the bottom of India's ancient caste hierarchy and have historically faced various forms of discrimination including segregation and social boycott, in addition to violence.

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