The SC/ST (POA) Act, 1989 is an Amendment of the POI determined to stop crimes against SC/ST. The Act is commonly recognized as Prevention of Atrocities, the scheduled castes and scheduled tribes Act, the POA Act, or merely the Atrocities Act.

Article 17 of Indian Constitution endeavours to remove ‘untouchability’ and to prevent all such methods. It is essentially a “declaration of principle” that requires being declared operational with the primary purpose to remove embarrassment and multifaceted harassments given to the Dalits and to guarantee their basic and socio-economic, civic, and social rights.

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The announcement of intentions and purposes affixed to the Bill while departing the equivalent in the Parliament recites:

“Notwithstanding several measures to increase the socioeconomic circumstances of SCs & STs, they remain unprotected. They have dismissed some civic rights; they are constrained to various assaults, offences, embarrassments and harassment. They have, in numerous brutal events, been stripped of their personality and business. Serious offences are perpetrated against them for different traditional, social and economic causes.”

The preface of the Act further states that the Act is

“to stop the function of aggression of crimes against the constituents of SC/ST, to give for Special Courts for the prosecution of such crimes and the mitigation and restoration of the sacrifices of such attacks and matters compared in addition to that or incidental to it.”

What appears in the law?

This law has three possessions:

  • It punishes offences against people relating to SC/ST.
  • It provides exceptional protection and advantages to victims.
  • It hatches up courts for the hasty conclusion of cases.

What kinds of offences are punished?

  • Some violations under the IPC are given enhanced penalties under this law.
  • Inhuman and shameful crimes that happen very frequently against SC/ST inhabitants, such as overpowering them to eat cow manure, avoiding them socially etc.

The NDA party had listed an appeal seeking outline of the Supreme Court order reducing the requirements of the SC/ST (POA) Act, which shields marginalised societies against hatred and crimes.

In the inspection petition outlined by the MSJE, the Centre is expected to dispute that the direction will decrease the requirements of the Act, thereby overcoming the fear of the authority, which may appear in more crimes.

On March 20, the Supreme Court prevented unintentional arrests and filing of criminal cases under the SC/ST Act, triggering extensive analysis and complaint from the Dalit society.

The summit court said government servants couldn’t be executed without the permission of the appointing government, and private civilians too should be caught only after an examination under the law.