Governments directed to enforce provisions of SC/ST Act strictly

Responding to a petition by voluntary organizations lamenting the non-implementation of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, the Supreme Court took cognizance of the fact that no special officers, nodal officers or protection cells had as yet been set up for the protection of members of the SC and ST communities. The Court found that the State governments are responsible for ensuring that the provisions of the Act are carried out. The order also required that the special benefits of the Legal Services Authority Act, 1987 be extended to persons from the SC and ST communities.

Citation: National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights v. Union of India, (2017) 2 SCC 432