We are still experimenting with ‘tryst with destiny’, untouchability continues to prevail: SC

NEW DELHI: Indian society is still experimenting with ‘tryst with destiny’ as even after 70 years of independence the SC/ST community members continue to face discrimination, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

Voicing serious concern over the prevailing untouchability and discrimination, the top court said it requires a “soul searching” on whether a ‘Harijan’ can shake hand with a person of higher class on equal footing and whether the society has been able to reach that level of psyche and human dignity to remove the discrimination based upon caste.

The hard-hitting remarks were made by a three-judge bench, comprising Justices Arun Mishra, M R Shah and B R Gavai, which recalled the two directions passed by its two-judge bench in 2018 that diluted the provisions of arrest under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. (AGENCIES)