Thursday, February 21, 2013

Stop atrocities against Scheduled Castes and tribes, says Minister Selja

New Delhi, Feb. 20 (ANI): Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Kumari Selja on Wednesday said the government has always attached a very high priority to the effective implementation of the Prevention of Atrocities (PoA) against Schedule Castes (SCs) and Schedule Tribes (STs) Act to check atrocities against them.

Addressing a function here, she emphasized that the government is constantly taking various steps including the setting up of the exclusive special courts aiming at bringing down atrocities against the backward communities of the society.

However, the minister asserted that despite several measure and earnest efforts made, it is ironical that the offences of atrocities against members of SCs and STs continue unabated.

"In spite of overall growth in educational and economic indices, such offences continue reflecting the perpetuation of social biases and discrimination against weaker sections which is a major cause of concern and without arresting this trend, dream of an inclusive growth and society will remain a dream only," said Kumari Selja

Echoing the similar views, Minister of State for Home Affairs R. P. N. Singh said SCs and STs faced atrocities even after more than 60 years of Independence is a matter of disappointment.

He asked police stations to avoid delay in registering FIR against atrocities to reduce crime and added the government is committed for the expeditious trial and early disposal of cases relating to atrocities. (ANI)


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