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This provision enables courts to order the removal of a person from an area where he or she is likely to commit an offence under this Act.

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Section 10. Removal of person likely to commit offence

(1) Where the Special Court is satisfied, upon a complaint or a police report that a person is likely to commit an offence under Chapter II of this Act in any area included in ‘Scheduled Areas’ or ‘Tribal areas’ as referred to in Article 244 of the Constitution, it may, by order in writing, direct such person to remove himself beyond the limits of such area, by such route and within such time as may be specified in the order, and not to return to that area from which he was directed to remove himself for such period, not exceeding two years, as may be specified in the order.

(2) The Special Court shall, along with the order under sub-section (1), communicate to the person directed under that sub-section the grounds on which such order has been made.

(3) The Special Court may revoke or modify the order made under sub section (1), for the reasons to be recorded in writing, on the representation made by the person against whom such order has been made or by any other person on his behalf within thirty days from the date of the order.

Law / India / Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989

The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 prohibits certain derogatory actions against persons belonging to the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes. Among others, the Act includes compelling or inducing such a person into forced or bonded labour, other than compulsory service for public purposes imposed by Government.

Special penalties exist for repeat offenders and public officials who are negligent in their duties. Courts may also order the confiscation of property used in relation to an offence, and the removal of a person from a particular area if he is likely to commit an offence.

The Indian government introduced a new amendment bill to the Act in 2013. The bill expanded the list of offences included under Section 3. One of the new offences proposed is forcing a member of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes ‘to do manual scavenging’ or employing or allowing the employment of such member for such purpose.