Tuesday, October 19, 2004

NHRC concerned over Dalit atrocities

Releasing its status report on the atrocities committed on the Scheduled Castes and Tribes, the National Human Rights Commission has expressed its concern over rising crime rate against Dalits.

Despite a guarantee by the Constitution and a statute to prevent atrocities against the schedule castes, the community is increasingly being subjected to such crimes. The NHRC which came out with its status report on the subject expressed its shock and concern.

"Crimes committed against Scheduled Castes and Tribes remain a case of great concern. According to 'National Crime Records Bureau, Crime in India in 2001', 33501 crime cases against schedule castes were registered in 2001. Compare with this 25455 cases in the previous year 2000. Uttar Pradesh contributed 32 per cent of total crime by recording 10,272 crimes followed by Rajasthan contributing 14.6 percent," said R S Kalha, Chief of the Dalit Cell.

The NHRC has come up with a set of recommendations for all the agencies which are involved in preventing such crimes. The Chairperson of the NHRC Justice (Retd.) A S Anand said that some of his earlier recommendations to different arms of the government, have not been acknowledged.

"I have written to Chief Ministers of all the states, the Prime Minister, Deputy Chairperson of the Planning Commission and 11 ministers requesting them on the salient features of the recommendations," added Justice Anand.

Among other things, the Commission has recommended sensitising the law enforcement agencies and increasing public awareness. It also calledfor a greater political will to stop such social injustice. (ANI)

Source: Asian News International, October 19, 2004


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