Weekly Current Affairs

U.P., Bihar lead in crimes against Dalits [Social Justice]

  • Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar lead the country in the number of cases registered of crimes against the Scheduled Castes, offi cial data pertaining to 2013, 2014 and 2015 show.
  • The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) counts these States among those deserving special attention.
  • Fifty-two to 65 per cent of all crimes in Rajasthan have a Dalit as the victim. This is despite the fact that the State’s SC (Dalit) population is just 17.8 per cent of its total population. With six per cent of India’s Dalit population, the State accounts for up to 17 per cent of the crimes against them across India.
  • With 20 per cent of India’s Dalit population, U.P. accounts for 17 per cent of the crimes against them.
  • Gujarat on its part has shared corrected fi gures of crimes against Dalits with the NCSC after an abnormal increase in the fi gures pertaining to crimes against Dalits in the State.
  • So far as the atrocities reported to the NCSC by Dalits who feel the authorities are not giving them justice are concerned, U.P. accounts for the highest number at 2024 cases and Tamil Nadu comes next at 999 cases.
  • This could mean both laxity of the authorities and greater consciousness of rights among Dalits.