Friday, July 23, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Special Courts to try crimes against dalits

Special Courts to try crimes against dalits

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times

Mumbai, July 23, 2010First Published: 01:32 IST(23/7/2010)
Last Updated: 01:35 IST(23/7/2010)

The state Home department decided to set up special courts that will
expedite trial in cases of atrocities on Dalits. Home Minister R.R.
Patil said conviction rates in these cases are as low as 3 per cent
according to the National Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes
Commission. "We have written to the Law and Judiciary department to
help us set up special courts for these cases," Patil said in the
legislative Council.

Shiv Sena legislator Neelam Gorhe raised the question quoting the
recent Bombay High Court judgement commuting the death sentence
awarded to the six convicts in the Khairlanji massacre to life

Gorhe said the victims had approached the police before the murders
but the police refused to file a case under the Atrocities Act. The
state had identified 22 problem areas including delay in registering
complaints and non-cooperation of witnesses.

Sena legislator and Leader of the House, Diwakar Raote alleged that
some people misuse the Act by lodging false complaints.

"The Act is meant to protect Dalit rights and if there is an
individual case (of misuse) we will look into it," Patil said. "But
there is no question of making changes in the Act."


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