Monday, July 11, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Home dept intervenes to offer justice to Dalits

Home dept intervenes to offer justice to Dalits
TNN Jul 10, 2011, 05.52am IST

JAIPUR: In a first ever move of its kind, the state home department
recently took up 31 cases of atrocities against Scheduled Castes,
offering relief to the victims. Most of the cases were registered
under the Protection of Civil Rights Act, 1955, and the Scheduled
Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.

The move followed a study by the Society for Participatory Research in
Asia (PRIA) and the Jaipur-based Centre for Dalit Rights (CDR) over
two months on the plight of state Dalits. The study also looked into
the role of statutory bodies such as the State Human Rights
Commission, Commission for Scheduled Castes, Women's Commission and
the State Assembly's Committee on Welfare of SCs in providing relief
in these cases.

The study's conclusion that the commissions have failed to provide
constitutional safeguards or redress grievances of Dalits made the
state government sit up and take notice. It was then that the home
department approached the CDR and requested it to provide details of
31 specific cases submitted earlier to different commissions, forums
and the government departments concerned. No Dalit in these cases has
got relief. tnn

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