The federal government on Wednesday instructed Rajya Sabha that crimes towards members of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes within the nation elevated by 7.three per cent and 26.5 per cent respectively in 2019.
Union Minister of State for House G Kishan Reddy, nonetheless, mentioned police and public order are state topics beneath the Seventh Schedule to the Structure and the tasks to keep up regulation and order, safety of life and property of residents together with investigation and prosecution of crime towards members of SCs and STs relaxation with respective state governments.
“Sure, sir,” was the reply of Reddy when requested whether or not it’s a undeniable fact that crimes towards members of SCs and STs communities have elevated by 7.three per cent and 26.5 per cent respectively in 2019 as per the newest ‘Crime in India-2019’ report of the Nationwide Crime Information Bureau.
The written query was requested by Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge.
Reddy mentioned the state governments are competent to take care of such offences beneath the extant provisions of legal guidelines.
Nonetheless, he mentioned, the central authorities is dedicated to make sure safety of SCs and STs and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 (PoA Act) has been amended in 2015 to make it simpler.
The amendments embody new offences, expanded scope of presumptions, institutional strengthening, which incorporates institution of unique particular courts and specification of unique particular public prosecutors to completely attempt the offences beneath the PoA Act to allow expeditious disposal of circumstances, energy of particular courts and unique particular courts to take direct cognizance of offence and so far as attainable, completion of trial inside two months from the date of submitting of the cost sheet in addition to others, he mentioned.