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Humiliation outside ‘public view’: A verdict puts focus on a grave flaw in the SC/ST Act -Rashmi Venkatesan The law tolerates caste-based intimidation and humiliation if these acts occur in private. It must be fixed. On November 5, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court held that not all cases of intimidation and harassment of people belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes would attract the provisions of the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The Court quashed a complaint about a member of a Scheduled Caste...

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Forest rights claims of nearly 1,200 tribals in Hunsur rejected -R Krishna Kumar

-The Hindu NGOs fighting for tribal rights claim review was done cursorily and fear that more applications may be rejected MYSURU: Nearly 1,200 tribals in Hunsur taluk of Mysuru district stare at an uncertain future, as their review petition for recognition of their claims over forest land under the Scheduled Tribes and Other Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, was rejected by the local authorities. NGOs fighting for tribal rights fear...

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Supreme Court: Offence under SC/ST Act only if intention to humiliate

-The Indian Express A bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and Ajay Rastogi said that to constitute an offence under the Act, the words spoken must be “in any place within public view”, and not within the four walls of a house and in the absence of any member of the public. New Delhi: Not every offending remark against a member of the Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe will amount...

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Crime against Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes saw a rise of 7% and 26% in 2019: NCRB -Vijaita Singh

-The Hindu Due to “non-receipt of data” from Bengal for 2019, 2018 data used to arrive at national and city-wise figures, it says Crime against Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) saw an increase of over 7% and 26% respectively in year 2019 compared to 2018, according to the annual Crime in India 2019 report published by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on Wednesday. Due to “non-receipt of data” from West...

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Report exposes increase in atrocities against Dalits; former CJI KG Balakrishnan calls for better law enforcement -Divya Trivedi Crimes against Dalits continued to rise despite a nationwide lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic. The National Dalit Movement for Justice (NDMJ) has documented more than 100 cases of atrocities from April to June that include lynchings, untouchability practices, mass atrocities and violence against Dalit women. In Maharashtra, rumours were spread about a Dalit man and his family being COVID positive. They were attacked and asked to leave the village. In Haryana,...

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