An allegation by a Dalit activist of alleged abuse by a policeman regarding her caste was rejected by the Dakshina Kannada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Goyal for lack of grounds to proceed under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

During the monthly meeting to redress the grievances of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes people here on Sunday, Ishwari, secretary of Dalita Hakku Horata Samiti, accused Belthangady Circle Inspector M.G. Bhaskaraiah of abusing her when she had been to the police station recently.

Ms. Ishwari said that she had gone there regarding a complaint filed against Dinesh Nayak. She said that Mr. Nayak was wrongly accused of harassing his wife. The complaint had been filed by Mr. Nayak's brother-in-law Naveen. Ms. Ishwari said she had gone to the police station to ask the Sub-Inspector not to register the complaint. Ms. Ishwari said Mr. Bhaskaraiah refused to hear her plea and went ahead to question Mr. Nayak.

Mr. Goyal said that because of lack of sufficient grounds, the allegation could not be inquired under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Act.

If Mr. Bhaskaraiah was found to have not behaved with her properly, necessary disciplinary action would be taken against him. Mr. Goyal told Ms. Ishwari that she could not direct a police officer not to register a case filed against Mr. Nayak.

An activist said a person arrested by the Sullia police for sexual harassment of a 22-year-old girl recently was released after he was handed over to the Mangalore Rural police.

Mr. Goyal said he would look into the incident.

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