Punia concerned over high pendency of cases under SC/ST Act
PTI, Oct 20, 2010, 05.47pm IST
HYDERABAD: Expressing concern over high pendency of cases and low
conviction rate under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in
Andhra Pradesh, chairman of the National Commission for Scheduled
Castes P L Punia today stressed on the need to sensitise prosecution
officers to improve the situation.
"Andhra Pradesh which is ranked fifth in terms of SC population, is
ranked third with regard to number of atrocity offences which is a
matter of concern," Punia said.
"Large number of cases of atrocities which have been reported are
still pending for investigation. Though, there is a rise in number of
atrocity cases every year, but chargesheeted cases are less than
closed cases," he said.
Acquittals are very high, running into thousands, whereas convictions
are only in hundreds, Punia said.
Laxity on the part of prosecution has to be plugged by ensuring
disposal of cases in Special Courts in shortest possible time, he
said, adding they had suggested for giving training and special
refresher course to prosecution officers.
"This is one area which requires attention and I have pointed it out,"
A former bureaucrat-turned-politician and Congress MP from Barabanki
Parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh, Punia, who assumed charge
as NCSC Chairman last week, chose Andhra Pradesh for his first state
Punia said he had discussed with Chief Minister K Rosaiah on matters
of welfare of SCs.
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