Rajasthan has the highest number of cases of atrocities against SCs and Sts during 2013-15, a government report said.
Rajasthan registered 23,861 cases under the amended Prevention of Atrocities (PoA) Act. Poll-bound Uttar Pradesh and Bihar followed Rajasthan in the list respectively.
While UP registered 23,556 Bihar recorded 21,061 cases according to the agenda papers for a meeting of a committee to review the implementation of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act 1989 held on Monday.
The report said that Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat reported 14,016, 9,054, 8,084, 7,565, 6,546, 5,131 and 3,969 such crimes respectively during the period.
Among the total 13,8077 cases registered in this regard, only 43.3 percent were disposed by the court, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment observed. It also added that only 25.7 percent of such disposed cases ended in conviction.
“ In certain states like Andhra Pradesh (6.3 percent), Gujarat (3.1 percent), Karnataka (3.5 percent), Maharashtra (7.6 percent), Odisha (4.3 percent), Tamil Nadu (7.5 percent), Telangana (7.5 percent) and West Bengal (3 percent), the conviction rate was in single digit,” the agenda note of the committee reads.
The committee headed by Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot sought the state governments to submit their reports of disposal and conviction rates in such cases of atrocities against SC and ST.
He, in the meeting, also said that only 14 states have set up exclusive special courts for speedy trial of cases registered under the PoA Act.
He said that there is no information about the formation of such courts by 22 states and Union Territories including Delhi, Punjab, Jharkhand, Haryana, Goa, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam.