National Commission for Scheduled Castes member Ishwar Singh has expressed concern over the increasing cases of atrocities against Dalits in the country.
Addressing a press conference in Sonepat on Thursday, Ishwar Singh said that it was ironical that only 50% of the accused in such crimes faced action.
On the issue of separate cremation grounds for Dalits and upper castes in Haryana, he said, "This reflects the extent of untouchability in the state. I will write to the central government for joint cremation grounds for all communities".
He said that the number of school drop outs among Dalit population in the country was also increasing. "Out of 4 lakh children who have dropped study in between during the past five years in the country, 40% children belong to the schedule castes," he added.
Ishwar Singh also raised questions over the working of Sonepat district administration for the welfare of Dalits and said that Dalits of 83 villages of the district have not been given 100-yard residential plots. In 20 villages, the Dalits were not allowed to take possession of their plots, he added.
About the registration of cases of atrocities against Dalits in Sonepat district, he said, "As the cases of crime against Dalits are increasing, we need to verify why only 13 complaints were registered in Sonepat district over the past few months".
He said that it was the first meeting organised by the SC commission in Sonepat to review the performance of the district administration for the welfare of Dalits and during the meeting 13 issues were raised and 8 were solved on the spot. He also appealed the district administration to ensure assistance to members of SC families.