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  • 1. What Does the Order Say?
  • 2. What Are the Problems With the SC Order?
  • 3. What Are the Proposed Amendments?
  • 4. Who Are the Petitioners?
  • 5. What Lies Ahead for the Case?
SC Order on Evicting 2 Million Forest-Dwellers: What’s at Stake?

On 13 February, close to two million forest-dwellers – almost eight percent of India’s population, faced a threat of eviction from their habitat. The Supreme Court, on hearing the petitions from wildlife conservation groups, ordered the state governments to evict these “illegal” dwellers and “encroachers”.

Almost six months later, on 12 September, the court will begin to hear the case, demanding a ‘clear picture’ on the rejection of tribals’ claim on forest lands.

What is the apex court order all about? How is it connected to the Forest Rights Act? What happened in the intervening six months? Here’s a short primer.


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