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Food for thought: do Attappady community kitchens serve the needy? -KA Shaji

e is a success in ensuring minimal nutritional security to tribal people of three panchayats of Attappady, it has come in for harsh criticism from the Kerala State Commission for Scheduled Castes and scheduled tribes, which has termed it a complete failure in achieving the desired objectives. The ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF) remains deeply divided over the continuance of the facility presently operating in 193 tribal hamlets. The rethink had

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What Supreme Court's dilution of SC/ST Act means for Dalit women -Ragini Bhuyan

com Crimes against Dalit women constitute the biggest category of crimes against Dalits registered under the SC/ST Act Mumbai: A dilution of the stringent provisions of the Scheduled Castes and scheduled tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 is going to affect Dalit women far more than men. Nearly a fifth of cases registered under the Atrocities Act are crimes against women. If one excludes the category “others” (which inclu

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Two SC/ST courts: 1,450 pending cases -Shalini Nair, Satish Jha & Maulshree Seth

, and the other in Banda, a district with a high number of cases — to find a familiar story Over 1.44 lakh cases of atrocities against Scheduled Castes and 23,408 cases of atrocities against scheduled tribes came for trial before the judiciary in 2016, as per the last available data from the National Crime Records Bureau. Of this, only 10 per cent SC cases completed trial and later, just a fourth of this number ended in convictions. In case o

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PM Modi stresses Dalit outreach

to spend a night each in villages where SC/STs make up majority Four days after the Union government filed a review petition in the Supreme Court on its orders concerning the Scheduled Castes and scheduled tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked BJP MPs to reach out to villages where 50% or more of the population belonged to these communities. He was addressing a meeting of the BJP parliamentary

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Supreme Court stands by its SC/ST Act judgment -Krishnadas Rajagopal

an innocent not to be punished,” Justice Goel observed. Justice Goel, who authored the verdict, said the judgment, in fact, fortifies the Dalit protection law - the Scheduled Castes and the scheduled tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act of 1989. “Our judgment implements what is said in the Constitution. We are conscious of the rights of the underprivileged and place them at the highest pedestal... but at the same time, an innocent

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It is Now Official, BJP Ruled States Outdo Others in Crime against Dalits -SR Darapuri

h was 7.7% of total crime against Dalit women. Similarly the total number of Rape cases was 2,541 which is 6.2% of total crime against Dalit women. Similarly during 2016 the total of crime against scheduled tribes (Tribals) was 6,568 which was 4.7% more than the crime figures of 2015. There were 974 Rape cases on Tribal women which is 14.8% of total crime committed against Tribal women. The cases relating to outraging the modesty of Tribal women we

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Govt hints at SC/ST ruling review plea

Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at a news conference on Thursday. On March 20, the apex court had ruled that public servants and private citizens accused under the Scheduled Castes and scheduled tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act cannot be arrested without sanction from their appointing authority or the senior superintendent of police, respectively. The act mandates immediate arrest and bars courts from granting anticipatory bail

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Concern on Dalit silence spreads -JP Yadav

-The Telegraph New Delhi: The concern over the silence of the Prime Minister on the dilution of the Scheduled Castes and scheduled tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act has spread beyond Dalit MPs in the NDA. Junior human resource development minister and BJP ally Upendra Kushwaha on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the government should immediately move the Supreme Court against the order that prevents immediate arrest over

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Rights groups: 'Supreme Court order on SC/ST Act will reverse gains' -Shalini Nair

ities Act in 2015. The Supreme Court order, many fear, will not only delay justice but make victims more vulnerable to threats, which goes against the stated object of The Scheduled Castes and the scheduled tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Act, 2015, which seeks to protect the life and property of vulnerable groups. Latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data shows reported crimes against SCs increased by 5.5 per cent in 2016 whi

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SC/ST Act being used for blackmail, says Supreme Court -Krishnadas Rajagopal

Hindu The Supreme Court directs that public servants can only be arrested with the written permission of their appointing authority. The anti-atrocities law, which protects Scheduled Castes and scheduled tribes from casteist slurs and discrimination, has become an instrument to “blackmail” innocent citizens and public servants, the Supreme Court observed in a judgment on Tuesday. Issuing a slew of guidelines to protect public serv

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