New Delhi: Amid the continuous protests by upper caste organisations in the BJP-ruled states against recent amendments in the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, a ruling party leader claimed that the Act was amended to ‘protect the country and Hindu society’. “Our government at the Centre was not under any pressure to amend the Act. We brought amendments to protect the country and Hindu society,” said Babu Singh Raghuvansh, chairman of Madhya Pradesh Small Scale Industry Corporation.Also Read - Kolkata Municipal Polls: BJP Announces List of Candidates For Civic Elections in Kolkata

“Had the amendments not been brought, foreign forces would have fomented violence in the country,” he told reporters. On being asked about the claim that the Act is sometimes misused, he said, “Tell me which law is not misused. Should all laws be nullified then? Also Read - Tripura Election Result: Ruling BJP Sweeps Tripura Civic Polls; Wins All 51 Seats of Agartala Municipal Corporation

Referring to MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s latest statement that the amended Act will not be misused in the state, the BJP leader further asserted,”We respect the feelings of upper caste Hindus. That is why Chief Minister has said the amended Act will not be allowed to be misused.” Also Read - Tripura Municipal Election Results 2021: Full List of Winners in Agartala And Other Civic Bodies

Earlier on Sunday, a Rajput community outfit sought changes in the SC/ST Act to ensure that a person is arrested for an offence under the law only after a probe into the allegations against him. We are giving the government one month time. We will announce our further course of action on October 24, Rajput Karni Sena chief Lokendra  Singh Kalvi had said.