Court on Dalit rights


By refusing to stay its order, the Supreme Court has made its stand abundantly clear vis-à-vis interpretation of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act (“No affront to Dalit rights, says SC”, April 4). The top court’s inference that those who have hit the streets unleashing violence and destroying private and public property might not have understood the import of the judgment could be valid as these protests appear to have been engineered largely by vested interests.

C.V. Aravind,


The judges have reiterated their reasoning that arbitrary arrests would violate Article 21 of the Constitution. Instead of insulating specific laws against the possibility of misuse, the government can utilise the great opportunity that has presented itself to address three glaring deficiencies of our criminal justice system. One, the legal system does not deter the misuse of laws by imposing deterrent costs on filers of false cases. Two, even if an innocent person is acquitted of charges later, the law does not compensate them for the ordeal they underwent. Three, the closure of criminal trials is not subject to a time frame. Delays in the law incentivise malicious litigation. We need a comprehensive law to tackle these inadequacies. The rule of law that fails to secure natural justice is neither fair nor effective.

V.N. Mukundarajan,


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