Caste-shame Maharastra Govt: Convictions mere 26 out of 574 cases (4.5%)
Maharashtra government managed to secure only 26 convictions under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and 386 cases resulted in acquittals between January 2010 and October 2010, states an affidavit filed in the Bombay high court. The affidavit, filed by principle secretary of the social justice department Satish Gavai, also states that in Mumbai alone, 35 cases are pending investigation and 69 are pending trial under the ST/SC Act. In Maharashtra, a total of 574 cases are pending investigation and 5,221 are yet to be tried. According to the affidavit, Konkan region has the maximum number of cases that are either pending investigation (105) or awaiting trail (1,001) in the state under the Act.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by NGO National Dalit Movement for Justice, alleging the Act was not being implemented in Maharashtra. The government, in an attempt to enhance the capacity of persons/officers to implement the provisions of the Act, has decided to part training to district magistrates, SPs, government pleaders and social activists through the Pune-based Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute, Pune, states the affidavit.
The HC will hear the matter in February 2011.
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