THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Assembly unanimously passed a resolution urging the Centre to frame a legislation to overcome the recent Supreme Court judgment on the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
The Assembly also condemned the police action against demonstrators in north India which left nine dead. ‘’Shooting and killing protesters instead of finding solutions to problems have no justification,’’ the resolution, presented by SC/ST Welfare Minister A K Balan, said. The Assembly noted the accused in crimes against members of SC/ST communities tend to go scot-free.
‘’However, the fact the accused in such cases are not eligible for bail and the lack of provision for bail act as a deterrent to crimes against these communities. This protection offered by the law has been taken away by the SC ruling,’’ the resolution noted.