Officials instructed to prevent atrocities on SC/STs

Special Correspondent

Sensitisation meet on SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act held

Either the Collector or his representative should personally inspect the scene of atrocity

Relief amounts depending on the nature of atrocity must be provided

VELLORE: Vellore Collector C. Rajendran urged officials to take steps to prevent atrocities on the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and to assist the SC/ST people affected by atrocities to obtain due relief from the government, and mete out punishment to the guilty.

Presiding over a sensitisation programme for government officials on the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the Protection of Civil Rights Act, Mr. Rajendran said that Vellore district was fortunate in that there were no large-scale atrocities on SC/ST people compared to the districts in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Out of the 40 lakh people in Vellore district, SC/ST people constituted 20%, and they were living in harmony with the rest of the population.

The Collector said that it was the duty of the officials to prevent atrocities on SC/ST people. Either the Collector or his representative (the Revenue Divisional Officer or tahsildar) should personally inspect the scene of atrocity when he gets any complaint.

If the complaint was found to be genuine, the victim of an act of atrocity should be provided relief amounts of Rs.25,000 or Rs.50,000 depending on the nature of atrocity. If a woman victim wanted the lawyer changed, her request should be granted. Action should be initiated against all those responsible for perpetrating atrocities against SC/ST people, he said.

N. Arivuselvam, Superintendent of Police, Vellore district; V. Swarnalatha, District Adi Dravidar Welfare Officer; Saroja Thiruvengadam, District Social Welfare Officer; M. Pattaiyan, Deputy Director of Prosecution; Rajan Babu, former Deputy Director of Prosecution; T.M. Vijayaraghavalu, senior advocate; K.S. Ravikumar, Public Prosecutor; Pandian, Special Public Prosecutor; and Nithyanandam, Assistant Public Prosecutor spoke.

M. Balasubramanian, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Vellore, welcomed the gathering. Raja, DSP, Social Justice and Civil Rights, Vellore proposed a vote of thanks.