Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition): India

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Radheshyam Jadhav|Maha 1st state to make social boycott a crime|Jul 13 2017 : The Times of India (Delhi)

Maharashtra makes social boycott a crime

With the Presidentgiving assent to the Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016, the state has become the first in India to bring a law making social boycott a crime.

The movement, initiated by late Narendra Dabholkar, gained momentum after he was shot dead and the Maha rashtra legislature passed the law unanimously in 2016. It was pending with the Centre for President's nod. The President gave the assent on June 20.

The new law proposes action against extrajudicial bodies like jat (caste) and community panchayats, and prescribes a maximum punishment of three years in jail.The offence will attract a maximum punishment of 3 years in prison or a fine up to Rs 1 lakh or both.

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