Whatsapp messages mocking dalits and sc/st act fuel protest in Rajasthan

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Jaipur: All India bandh called by the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (SC/ST) organizations across India was an unprecedented protest against the Supreme Court’s recent ruling which according to dalit outfits dilutes the SC/ST Act.  The new ruling makes the filing of an investigation report mandatory for any arresting to be made in cases related to atrocities inflicted on people belonging to this category. Nine protestors died across India on Monday. Rajasthan has been the epicenter for these protests, only behind by Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

The initial bandh called was normal in Rajasthan, but once WhatsApp messages mocking the scheduled castes and scheduled tribe communities began to be circulated in large numbers, a large number of protestors started to gather. They soon blocked railway tracks and started to forcibly shut down the shutters of shops. Later, protestors even clashed with the police. Watch pictures clicked by Chandra Mohan Aloria from ground zero, to witness the agitation.

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