It is a crime to interfere with the voting rights of members of SCs or STs. If you do any of the following, you will be punished with imprisonment anywhere between 6 months and 5 years along with a fine:
- Force them to vote in a certain way.
- Stop them from standing for elections.
- Stop them from proposing a candidate, or seconding the nomination of another SC/ST candidate.
- Punish them for voting a certain way
It is also a crime to interfere with the work of an SC/ST member who is a panchayat member or holds office in a municipality. Force or intimidation cannot be used to prevent such a person from doing their work.0