Friday, February 11, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Names of officials neglecting crimes against Dalits to be made public

New Delhi, February 11, 2011
Names of officials neglecting crimes against Dalits to be made public
Smita Gupta

National Commission for Scheduled Castes informs Centre of rise in atrocities

The National Commission for Scheduled Castes, headed by Congress MP
P.L. Punia, will soon be making public a list, of officials from Uttar
Pradesh who had neglected, slackened on, or not taken cognisance of
crimes committed against Dalits in the State. The Commission's first
step was to write to President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh, drawing their attention to the rapidly rising graph of
atrocities against dalits.

The Commission's Vice-President, Rajkumar Verka, said on Thursday that
the object of publicising the names of civil servants and policemen
who were not being pro-active in taking action on complaints coming in
from dalits was to tell them: "Don't be pressured into not taking
action because the crimes have been committed by legislators belonging
to the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party." He was referring to the case of
the dalit girl who was raped by a BSP MLA and then imprisoned by
having a false case registered against her.

Evidently, Dr. Punia, who once served as Principal Secretary to
Mayawati when she was Chief Minister, had decided to take the battle
into the heart of Uttar Pradesh, which goes to the polls next year.
The Commission's actions come even as Congress general-secretary Rahul
Gandhi, visiting dalit rape victims in U.P., continues to criticise
Ms. Mayawati for the deteriorating law and order situation in U.P..

U.P. will not be the only State to face the Commission's scrutiny —
the next will be the Congress-ruled Haryana, another State in which
the plight of Dalits is dire, as the incident in Mirchpur last year

Dr. Verka said efforts would be made to bring succour to dalits across
the country. In the last four months, 568 crimes against Dalits in
U.P., and 348 from Haryana, had come to the Commission's attention.
Most of the cases related to murder, rape, land grabbing and
atrocities by the police, he said.

Asked whether the Commission was targeting U.P. alone, he denied it,
pointing out that the Commission had taken the Congress-ruled Delhi
government to task for shifting Rs. 4,000 crore, earmarked for dalit
welfare, for the Commonwealth Games, and the Congress-ruled Haryana
government for shifting Rs. 3,400 crore to other expenditure heads. He
added that Rs. 6,000 crore in U.P. and Rs. 2,600 crore in Punjab had
similarly gone astray.


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