Thursday, October 21, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Punia for improving conviction rates in SC/ST atrocity cases

Punia for improving conviction rates in SC/ST atrocity cases

PTI | 06:10 PM,Oct 20,2010
Hyderabad, Oct 20 (PTI) Expressing concern over high pendency of cases
and low conviction rate under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled
Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in Andhra Pradesh, NCSC Chairman
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 told reporters
here. "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 charge sheeted 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 and to sensitise them on the needs of
the deprived sections of the society. "This is one area which requires
attention and I have pointed it out," Punia added. A former
bureaucrat-turned-politician and Congress MP from Barabanki
Parliamentary constituency in Uttar Pradesh, Punia, who assumed charge
as Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) last
week, chose Andhra Pradesh for his first state visit. Punia said he
had discussed with state Chief Minister K Rosaiah on matters of
welfare and growth of SCs. (MORE) PTI VVK DK DK

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