PREVENTION OF SOCIAL DISABILITIES ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Imposition of social disabilities on persons by reason of their caste to be an offence.

3. Interpretation.

4. Powers conferred on police officers to prevent the imposition of social disabilities on persons by reason of their caste.

21 of 1957,

18 of 1971.

AN ACT to prevent the imposition of Social Disabilities on any persons by reason of their caste.

[Date of Commencement: 13th April, 1957]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Prevention of Social Disabilities Act.

2. Imposition of social disabilities on persons by reason of their caste to be an offence.

(1) Any person who imposes any social disability on any other person by reason of such other person's caste shall be guilty of an offence and shall, on conviction after summary trial before a Magistrate, be liable to imprisonment of either description for a term not exceeding three years with or without a fine not exceeding three thousand rupees.

[S 2 re-numbered as s 2(1) by s 2; am by s 2 of Act 18
of 1971.]

(2) Where an offence under this Act is committed on, or in relation to, any premises where any business is carried on under the authority of a licence and the person who is the proprietor or the manager of such business is convicted of such offence, the court by which such person is convicted may, in addition to any other punishment it may lawfully impose for that offence, cancel such licence:

Provided, however, that upon the conviction of the manager of such business an order cancelling such licence shall not be made unless the proprietor of such business by notice in writing has been given an opportunity of showing cause, within such period as may be specified in the notice, why such order should not be made and unless such proprietor has failed to show cause within such period or has failed to show sufficient cause.

[S 2(2) ins by s 2 of Act 18 of 1971.]

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