Calling for a wider debate between all political parties before possible amendments to the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan Friday defended the recent amendment to the legislation saying had the government not done so, it could have led to an explosion (in the society).
“Chhoti se psychology ki baat hai. Agar ek bar mere bête ke haath me bada sa chocolate de diya. Muze kise tisre ne kaha ki itna bada chocolate dena achhi bat nahi hai. Aap us bache ke hath se jabardasti chocolate lenge to wo gussa karega..royega. Aise me ghar ke kuchh do teen bade samajdar log use samzane me lag jayenge. Wo samazdar dheere se chocolate hath se nikal lenge, (Suppose if I give a big chocolate to my son and I later realise that it is not good for him to have so much of it at one go, one will try to take back the chocolate from the child. But you cannot take it as he will get angry and start crying. But some sensible person can make the child understand and take back the chocolate from him),’’ Mahajan said while addressing a meet of the traders’ cell of the party on Thursday.
“To kisi ko di hui cheez koi turant chhinana chahe to visphot ho sakta ha. Baat samjho…sarkar ne aisa kyun kiya..visphot ho sakta hai (If anybody immediately tries to snatch anything given to a person, there may be an explosion. Why did the government do it? (because) it could have led to an explosion),” Mahajan said.
The Lok Sabha Member from Indore stressed that amending laws or bringing new laws was the right of Parliament.
“If the Supreme Court gives some order in a day, it won’t help. After all, the government has to run the administration. When the apex court suddenly said something, the Parliament said it doesn’t happen this way and all put their views across,’’ she said.
“Un par anyay hua isliye ham par anyay ho…dono ke upar barabar anyay ho ye bat thik nahi..anyay ki barabari nahi karni hai..nyay karna hai. Ye samajik sthiti thik nahi hai (The prevailing social situation is not correct. If injustice was done earlier with a section (of society, it does not mean that injustice should be done with other sections to settle scores. Justice must be done with everybody and this could be achieved only by explaining it to people),’’ the Speaker said. She added that all political parties should come together and brainstorm on what changes can be introduced in the law.
A Bharat bandh was called Thursday by some anti-reservation bodies against the amendment to the Act last month.
The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha had, on August 6 and August 9 respectively, passed the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill to overturn a Supreme Court order recommending certain safeguards against arrest under the law.