Friday, July 22, 2011

[ZESTCaste] MP to be Indias first state to have special courts for SC-ST families

MP to be Indias first state to have special courts for SC-ST families
Category » Bhopal Posted On Thursday, July 21, 2011

By Our Staff Reporter
Bhopal, July 21:
Madhya Pradesh is going to be the first state in the country to have
established special courts in every district to for ensuring
conviction of accused in cases of atrocities against scheduled castes
and tribes. Except Singrauli district, all districts are having
special courts. The Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan gave
instructions to establish special court at Singrauli within a week.
The Union Government has praised the special initiative of Madhya
This was informed at a meeting of state level scheduled castes and
tribes vigilance and monitoring committee for prevention of atrocities
here today. Chouhan reviewed the implementation of the scheduled
castes and scheduled tribes (prevention of atrocities ) Act in
Addressing the meeting Chouhan gave instructions to regularly hold the
meetings of district level vigilance and monitoring committees and
asked the authorities to seek explanation from collectors of the
districts where such meetings have not been held. It was informed that
Umaria is the only district where such meetings have not taken place.
The Chief Minister gave instructions to speed up disposal of pending
cases relating to atrocities against the families belonging scheduled
castes and tribes saying that legal procedures should be accomplished
timely for ensuring conviction of the culprits. It was informed that
incidence of atrocities has declined in last four years. Chouhan
instructed the offices concerned to immediately provide relief to the
suffering families. In cases of delay, the officials responsible will
have to face action, he added.
In respect of appointment of prosecutors on the choice of suffering
families, it was informed that opinion of the Department of Law has
been sought. Posting of investigation offices in Datia, Rajgarh,
Narsinghpur, Chhatarpur, Tikamgarh, Sidhi, Umaria, Shahdol, Satna,
Morena and Balagaht is underway. Notifications for establishment of
police stations for scheduled castes in Singrauli and Alirajpur have
been issued.
Those attended the meeting included Minister for Home Umashankar
Gupta, Minister of State for Scheduled Castes Welfare Shir Harishankar
Khatik, director general of police S. K. Raut, principal secretary
tribal welfare Devraj Birdi, members of the committee and senior

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