India top court orders eviction of over 1 million forest dwellers

India top court orders eviction of over 1 million forest dwellers

Tribal groups have protested against forcible acquisition of their land by mining companies [Krishna N Das/Reuters] India ‘s Supreme Court has ordered the eviction of more than one million forest dwellers, a majority of whom belong to indigenous tribal communities, after the federal government failed to defend a law aimed at protecting their rights. The top court’s order, dated February 13 and delivered in written form on Wednesday, was in response to a petition against the Forest Rights Act (FRA) of 2006, filed by some environmental groups and retired forest officers who said the law impeded conservation efforts. Under […]

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