The Punjab Government is on high alert as the Dalit community across the nation has decided to have a Bharat bandh. The state has the highest number of Dalit population, and the security has already been tightened, as all schools have been closed and the examination of the Class 10 and Class 12 have been postponed. All the mobile and internet services have also been shut down till 11 PM today. The cause for the Bandh is the dilution of the the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989. The protests have already stopped a train on the track, in Patiala. 12, 000 police personnel are going to maintain the peace of the state amid the protestations of the community.
Not only in Punjab, people from Agra have also shown their protests, as they took to the streets in hordes. The recent decision made by the Supreme court could be seen as being against the community, which has benefited from the Act for a long time since it was implemented.
Bihar and Odhisa have also been affected by the protests, as people have blocked railway tracks to show their protests. The community has been angered because the Supreme court removed the necessity of arrests in the case that is made under the ST/SC act. Violence erupted in many areas around the nation, as clashes were noted in Ranchi, as police tried to control the crowd. Protests also turned violent in Mandi House, Delhi. Politicians have also commented on the wide breath of the protests, as Rahul Gandhi tweeted that, Dalits have been put on the lower rungs of the society, and that they’re now accumulating on the streets to fight for their rights. Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minsiter, Yogi Adityanath appealed to the people to not disturb the law and order of the nation.
दलितों को भारतीय समाज के सबसे निचले पायदान पर रखना RSS/BJP के DNA में है। जो इस सोच को चुनौती देता है उसे वे हिंसा से दबाते हैं।
हजारों दलित भाई-बहन आज सड़कों पर उतरकर मोदी सरकार से अपने अधिकारों की रक्षा की माँग कर रहे हैं।
हम उनको सलाम करते हैं।#BharatBandh
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 2, 2018