Atrocities against SCs, STs highest in Bangalore, Gulbarga: report

‘Conviction rate in these cases is abysmally poor'

Gulbarga and Bangalore city top the list of places that reported the highest number of cases under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities Act), 1989 between 2008 and 2010.

According to a report by a forum that monitors the implementation of the Act in Karnataka, released here on Thursday, there has been a surge in the number of cases in Mandya, followed by Hassan and Chikmagalur. The other districts where there is high incidence of cases of atrocities include Bellary, Mysore, Bijapur, Kolar and Tumkur.

The conviction rate in these cases remains abysmally poor, with the average being 2 per cent. The highest conviction, 25 per cent, is reported from Kolar. As many as seven districts have a conviction rate of zero.

‘Neglect of protocol'

The report says that there has been neglect of protocol on prevention of atrocities at both the State and district levels, with even the Chief Minister-headed committee for implementation of the legislation rarely meeting. There has not been a meeting since September 2010, though meetings are to be held in January and July every year.

Speaking after releasing the report, Minister for Energy Shobha Karandlaje said that all sections of people, including heads of religious institutions, politicians, officers and members of non-governmental organisations, should work towards “social harmony” which was the way forward to solve caste animosities.

  • There has been a surge in the number of such cases in Mandya
  • Seven districts have a conviction rate of zero

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