Last week, the top court had passed an order which relaxed certain provisions in the stringent SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The court said on certain occasions, the law was being misused to prevent public servants from doing their duty. The court introduced the provision of anticipatory bail and ruled against automatic arrest of anyone accused under the law.
Dalits groups maintain that the court order came because the government had not informed the court about the high rate of atrocities, and the abysmally low conviction rate in such cases.
They want the government to take the matter to court again. A failure to do so will only prove the government's anti-Dalit stance, said the Congress, which supports the Dalit demand.
Following a series of attack on Dalits by cow vigilantes, a perception has been growing in the community that the government is not concerned about their welfare, the Congress has said. Citing a sense of fresh "insecurity" after the top court's order, senior party leader Anand Sharma has asked the government to clarify its stand.