Very low conviction rate in atrocity cases in Guj: Wasnik
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 07, 2010, 00:27
  
Ahmedabad: Gujarat has very low rate of conviction in the cases related to atrocity against scheduled tribes and scheduled castes, Union minister of social justice and empowerment Mukul Wasnik claimed on Saturday.

Wasnik, who held a review meeting of SC, ST cases and other issues here, told reporters that the conviction rate in atrocity cases in Gujarat is mere 6.8 per cent in case of atrocity against SCs and 4.3 per cent in case of STs.

"This is extremely low rate of conviction compared to the national average, which is around 30 per cent," he said, adding the officials of the state government have been asked to look into the issue.

The minister said the main reasons for low conviction rate include not pursuing the cases properly at investigation and trial levels and witnesses turning hostile.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, February 07, 2010, 00:27


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