Alleging gross misuse of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Atrocities Act, founder of Kranti Sena party and MLA Shalini Patil has demanded scrapping of it.
"Its a tool of blackmail as some people who lodge complaints under the Atrocities Act later agree for out of court settlement in lieu of some consideration," Patil, widow of late Maharashtra chief minister Vasant Dada Patil, told reporters in Nagpur on Thursday.
"It is high time Atrocity Act is scrapped," she said citing an example of her constituency Koregaon in western Maharashtra where a backword community person violated the religious sentiments of majority community and lodged complaint under the act.
She said Kranti Sena will contest about 125 Assembly seats in the forthcoming State elections next year adding Akhil Bhartiya Chava Maratha Yuwa Sanghatana has merged into her party.
A section of dalit community staged a protest when she was addressing the newsmen on Thursday against her opposition to reservation on caste basis and demand for scrapping of SC/ST Atrocities Act.