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Low conviction rate in SC/ST atrocities cases in Uttarakhand irks BSP

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) which is for the first time sharing power in Uttarakhand has expressed resentment over the low conviction rate for cases of atrocities against Schedule Cast and Tribe in the hill state. BSP legislator and social welfare minister Surender Rakesh blamed revenue police system prevalent in the hills for the low conviction rate.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2012 10:45 IST
Anupam Trivedi

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) which is for the first time sharing power in Uttarakhand has expressed resentment over the low conviction rate for cases of atrocities against Schedule Cast and Tribe in the hill state. BSP legislator and social welfare minister Surender Rakesh blamed revenue police system prevalent in the hills for the low conviction rate.

“I am writing to the chief minister and will request him to transfer officials of the revenue cadre who are posted in the same location for years,” told minister to Hindustan Times.

Social welfare minister has in fact taken the issue of low conviction in front of Union home minister. Figures show that only 3 accused could get sentence out of total 15 cases that had been closed by the various courts. Going by the figures the conviction rate for cases of atrocities against SC/ST is 22% in state, less than the national average of 30%.

Total 130 complaints were made under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in 2011 in Uttarakhand and out of these 58 were registered.

“It is not that few acts of atrocities are being committed against SC/ST. The fact is that revenue police deals in 70% area in state and they have no rights to examine cases. Moreover officials become party and discourage complainant” minister added.

Uttarakhand is the only state where revenue police system is prevailing in the hills since 1861. The system empowers Patwari (revenue officer) to collect revenue and keep vigil on law and order.

Whereas as per SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, an official less than deputy SP rank cannot examine a case. Minister adds this is the major concern for his ministry and BSP.

BSP that has been consistently focusing on 17% odd SC and 3% ST population in state feels SC/ST are crucial for the party’s growth. The party in past had conducted several meetings in the SC pockets.

With the 3 BSP legislators including one minister supporting Congress government in Uttarakhand, BSP wants to leave an impression among its cadre voters.