Dalits suffered most during Maya rule: MHA report
Uttar Pradesh saw the maximum number of attacks on Scheduled Castes in 2010 when the erstwhile Mayawati government was in charge of the state.
The annual report of the Home Ministry for 2011-12 released on Wednesday said Uttar Pradesh recorded the highest number (6,272) of cases of crime against SCs out of a total of 32,712 —19.2 per cent of the total incidents in the country in 2010.
The numbers mentioned in the report pertains to the time when BSP government was is power in UP, headed by Mayawati, a Dalit herself. Interestingly, the country witnessed a drop of 2.6 per cent in crimes against SCs — from 33,594 incidents in 2009 to 32,712 incidents in 2010.
Among the cases of crime against SCs registered in 2010, 570 were murders, 1,349 rape, 511 kidnapping, 117 dacoity and robbery and 150 incidents of arson.
The highest number of crimes against Scheduled Tribes (STs) was recorded in Madhya Pradesh — 23.4 per cent or 1,384 incidents of the total 5,885 — followed by Rajasthan 22.4 per cent or 1,319 incidents in the country in 2010. A total of 5,885 cases against STs were reported in the country during 2010, compared to 5,425 cases in 2009, showing an increase of 8.5 per cent in 2010 over 2009.
Referring to incidents of human trafficking, the Home Ministry report said a total of 3,422 cases under different heads of human trafficking were reported during 2010 as compared to 2,848 in 2009, an increase of 20.2 per cent.