In the year 2020, along with women and children, there has been an increase in atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
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18,000 crimes recorded in seven years; 13,000 cases pending
Mumbai: In Maharashtra, which is known as a progressive state, the incidence of caste atrocities is increasing day by day. In the last six-seven years, 18,000 crimes have been registered in various police stations under the Prevention of Atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Act. Besides, more than 13,000 cases are pending in various courts. The efforts made at the police level to enforce the law and create racial harmony are also noteworthy.
Reports on various types of crimes at the national level have been released recently. In the year 2020, along with women and children, there has been an increase in atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
Union Minister of State for Social Justice Ramdas Athavale had held a review meeting in Mumbai on August 17 regarding the implementation of the Atrocities Act. The information was presented on behalf of the Civil Rights Protection Department of the State Police. Social activists have also sought information on communal atrocities in Maharashtra. Accordingly, 17 thousand 925 crimes have been registered in the state under the Atrocities Act from 2015 to 2021 (till the end of July 31). The state police has eight constituencies namely Mumbai, Konkan, Nashik, Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Nanded, Amravati and Nagpur. The highest number of crimes has been registered in Kolhapur. Vidarbha also has the highest number of reported crimes. By the end of July 2021, there are 790 cases pending in various police stations in the state for more than 60 days.
Police’s Efforts for Social Reconciliation The state has made significant efforts at the police level in the last six years to ensure effective implementation of the Atrocities Act in cases of racial atrocities on the one hand and social harmony on the other. From 2016 to 2021 (end of July), 3,758 workshops were organized at various police stations for the implementation of the Act.
It was informed that 3,751 communal reconciliation meetings of various sections of the society were held at the spot to prevent any recurrence of incidents of communal atrocities.