Anti-Dalit atrocities increase 9.4pc despite pandemic, Uttar Pradesh tops the list: Report

New Delhi, September 17 (KMS): Data on crime against Dalits and Adivasis in the Crime in India 2020 report draws a distinct pattern of similarity between rural and urban spaces.

Published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), they capture some anomalies and interesting trends. The report also shows that a large proportion of crimes against Dalits and Adivasis involves crime against women.

The report reveals that atrocities/crime against Scheduled Castes have increased by 9.4 percent tin 2020 (50,291) over 2019 (45,935). Uttar Pradesh (12,714 cases) reported the highest number of cases of atrocities against Scheduled Castes (SCs) accounting for 25.2 percent followed by Bihar with 14.6 percent (7368) and Rajasthan with 13.9 percent (7017) during 2020.

The next two states in the list are Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra accounting for 13.7 percent (6899) and Maharashtra 5.1 percent (2569). The above top five states reported 72.5 percent of cases of atrocities against Scheduled Castes. The recent incidents of atrocities against Scheduled Castes in Delhi, Chhattarpur, M.P and Bijnaur, UP, reflects the harsh realities at the grass roots.

Atrocities/crimes against Scheduled Tribes have increased by 8.4 percent in 2020 (8,272) over 2019 (7,570). Madhya Pradesh (2401, cases) reported the highest number of cases of atrocities against Scheduled Tribes (STs) accounting for 29.02 percent followed by Rajasthan with 22.7 percent (1,878 cases) and Maharashtra with 8.01 percent (663 cases) during 2020.Odisha was next in the list with 7.54 percent (624) followed by Telangana at 6.9 percent (573). The above top five states reported 74.17 percent of cases of atrocities against Scheduled Tribes.

Cases of rape against schedule caste women account for 6.70 percent (3372 cases) of the total cases reported. Cases of rape, attempt to rape and assault on women to outrage her modesty cumulatively stood at 12.6 percent (6835). Similarly, cases of rape against Schedule Tribe women stood at 13.7 percent (1,137 cases) of the total cases reported. Cases of rape, attempt to rape and assault on women to outrage her modesty cumulatively stood at 24.7 percent (2,047).

Cases of murder, attempt to murder and grievous hurt were reported as 855, 119 and 1,587 respectively against Scheduled Caste. Similarly for Scheduled Tribes, cases of murder, attempt to murder and grievous hurt were reported as 172, 144 and 125 respectively. When the country was still pleading for the justice for Dalit women, incidents of violence against Dalit Women in Delhi, Chhattarpur, Bijnaur emerged as a shock for the nation.

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