UP Ranks 1st, MP 3rd in Atrocities Against Dalits: Punia
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Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Castes, P L Punia, today said here that Madhya Pradesh had witnessed a rise in the atrocities against Dalits, of late, and it ranked third in the country in this regard.

"The atrocities against Dalits in the state is on the higher side and the unfortunate part is that in many cases even reports are not registered," Punia told reporters.

He said Uttar Pradesh ranked first when it came to number of cases of atrocity against Dalits, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Referring to a case in Bhind district, Punia said that despite directives from the National Commission, FIR was not registered. When he asked the state Director General of Police about it, latter said the case was suspicious.

Punia said that investigation started with FIR, and police could not have drawn this conclusion before that.

In another case, he said, when a Dalit woman reached a police station to file a case of dowry harassment against her in-laws, the policemen detained her in the police station and raped her.

Punia said the government took action against the six guilty policemen only when the Commission took up the matter.

Referring to the absence of adequate infrastructure to deal with the cases against dalits, he said that only eight out of fifty districts in the state had dedicated SC Police stations.

He said the state government should appoint sensitive police officials in such police stations, and a woman police official should also be there.

Punia said that Commission had received reports of diversion of funds meant for social welfare schemes to infrastructure development, and had asked the state government to ensure this did not happen again.

However, he praised the state government for facilitating education of SC students in leading public schools.

To a question about the controversial remark made by a Madhya Pradesh minister against scheduled tribe persons, he said the commission had taken cognisance of it and would take necessary action.
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