Karnataka | Updated Sep 16, 2011 at 11:00am IST
Shobha for integration of SC/STs in mainstream
indianexpress Express News Service , The New Indian Express
BANGALORE: Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje promised members of SC
and ST communities to integrate them in the mainstream society.
Releasing the Karnataka State Report on implementation of SCs and STs
(Prevention of Atrocities) Act in the state in 2010 here on Thursday,
she further gave a clarion call to the public to provide emotional
support for mainstreaming the SCs and STs.
Few groups working on human rights and RTI have tracked how this Act
is being implemented over the past three years in Karnataka. They
found that though the government is supposed to prepare an annual
report, it has not done so for the past three years. The government is
also supposed to have half-yearly review meetings but only one such
meeting was held in the last three years.
The report is entirely based on data available with the government.
The performance of the Karnataka government in discharge of its duties
under the Prevention of Atrocities Act seems to be pathetic and stands
sixth in the country as far as crimes against SCs are concerned.
As per the findings, in Tumkur which is one of the 15 districts
declared as atrocity prone by the state government, 101 cases were
disposed off in 2010 without a single conviction by the special court.
Overall conviction rate is 5 per cent.
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