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39,000 Dalit Adivasi Atrocities in 2008

Nearly 39,000 offences against SC/ST (Dalits and Adivasis) in 2008 in India


Nearly 39,000 police cases under the (Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes) SC/ST (Prevention of atrocities) Act were registered all over the country in 2008, with the maximum of 7,969 offences registered in Uttar Pradesh, Parliament was informed today.

Tabling the 2008 annual report on Schedule Caste/Schedule Tribe (PoA) Act in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment D Napoleon said 38,943 cases were registered in 2008 as compared to 35,352 the previous year.

He said that of the 79.4 per cent cases of atrocities pending in various courts, the conviction rate was 31.4 per cent.

Fifty three per cent of the cases relating to SCs figured in charge sheets in courts during 2008 and 21.5 per cent cases were closed after investigations. Likewise, 57 per cent of the cases related to STs were named in the charge sheets in this period and 17 per cent cases were closed after probe, the report said.

The report said that while Uttar Pradesh accounted for the maximum cases against SC, with 7,960 cases, Madhya Pradesh had registered the maximum cases against ST with 1,071 offences.

While tabling the report, Napoleon cited reasons for the delay in laying the annual report for 2008 and said certain state governments were slow in giving their reports to the ministry.

Napoleon also said the National Crime Records Bureau had furnished the data for 2008 only in February 2010, adding to the delay.

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