Uttar Pradesh Insensitive to Dalit Atrocities: Punia

Uttar Pradesh Insensitive to Dalit Atrocities: Punia
Uttar Pradesh is high among the states that are insensitive to dalit atrocities, National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Chairman P L Punia said here today.

Interacting with media persons, Punia said the state did not cooperate with the Commission when it sought a report over the recent incidence of rape of a minor dalit girl and even questioned the authority of the Commission to do so.

While he did not give any figures, he said the percentage of dalit atrocities in Uttar Pradesh was higher.

"They do not consider addressing the grievances of dalits as priority," he charged.

He said the UP government had taken objection to his intervention in the rape case stating that the Commission was not entitled to seek a report in the case as the victim belonged to a socially backward community.

"I told the state administration that it should look into the constitutional provisions before raising such objections,"Punia said.

"The local Superintendent of police later submitted a report to the Commission stating that rape charges were not proved in the medical reports of the girl," Punia said.

He also questioned the delay in taking action against the BSP MLA who allegedly raped the girl and when BSP has already suspended the MLA from the party.

Punia said a false case of robbery was registered against the minor girl and she was still in jail.

He also pointed out that large funds meant for the welfare of dalits were diverted in UP.

"Rs 1500 crore from the special component plan for welfare of dalits was diverted to construct five medical colleges. We have nothing against medical colleges. They are needed, but funds from general budget should have been utilised for that purpose," he added.

Referring to Maharashtra, Punia said the state has specific welfare schemes for dalits and scheduled castes and tribes, but said that there were administrative delays in implementation.
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